Do you ever feel as though the Universe is trying to send you a message?
That’s how it’s been for me the last few days.
The first text message came from Amy from across the road “Walkies in ten minutes?” she sent last Thursday afternoon, referring to our dogs. “I’ll pass” I reply. “Got a splitting headache.”
Then barely five minutes later another message arrived, from Lisa two houses up. “I’m thinking of going to Zumba tonight. Wanna come?”
I sent her a similar reply “I’d love to but I have a bad headache …”
Then I reconsidered. It was like something was urging me to go. I typed,”Maybe it would do me good. I think I’m stressed. It’s not a definite no …”
So, two hours, two Panadols, a light dinner and a glass of red later there we were. It had been far too long for me.
By the time I left an hour later, after an hour of shimmying and shaking, the music had worked its magic.
For an hour I focused on nothing but the music and the moves. The atmosphere in the small country hall that night was palpable, like an upbeat form of meditation amongst new friends.
I left full of energy that I’ve lacked this past month. My shoulders had lowered, my body had relaxed and it was like I could breathe deeply again.
Zumba is one of those feel good activities that allows us to lose ourselves in. We follow and yet we do our own thing, completely immersing ourselves in it.
It reminds me of the blogging world where we each have our own voice and yet we’re a part of something much bigger.
Have you ever met someone with whom you instantly connect with, who you don’t need to pretend and who you can be totally yourself with.
That’s how it is with some bloggers when we read their words.
“I like who I am when I’m with you.”
Yesterday (Friday) I met up with Di, a fellow Melbourne blogger who writes such inspiring posts on her beautiful blog Matters for the Heart.
For over four hours we spoke about everything, from our families and upbringing, to our hopes and dreams and, of course, our shared love of blogging.
Di is as warm, kind hearted and friendly in person as she appears on her blog and I felt as though I’d known her for years.
Already I would call her a friend. Sometimes we click instantly with people, just as I did earlier this year with fellow bloggers Louise and Deb.
That’s the beauty of blogging. Friendships are forged through opening our hearts and minds, through our connection of words, shared thoughts and experiences. By the time we meet we feel we already know each other. The 2017 version of pen pals on steroids.
This time next week the ABBAs will be held in London and Di and I jokingly commented that we should have our own bloggers get together in Melbourne.
Hayley, Louise, Kate, Lindsey, Kim, Sandra, Carol, Suzie, Peggy, Glenys, Mark, Barbara, so many online friends scattered around Australia … and then there are my special overseas and UK and American friends. You know who you are.
Here’s to friends, both old and new and to virtual connections that become real and genuine friendships.
May was slow but I have a feeling that the pace is picking up. Just as the tempo picked up at Zumba last night I feel as though it’s going to be a month of good vibes ahead.
Let’s shake off the old energy as the month starts.
Let’s step out of comfort zones and take some risks. Phone a friend, hug someone who needs it, reach out and connect with the world … when days are dark make your own sunshine and dance like there’s no one watching.
Happy June everyone. Let’s embrace life, each other and keep spreading love and kindness into the world.
In light and love (and happy Zumba steps) 💃💃