December 16 – Friendship. How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? (Author: Martha Mihalick)
Katie E. unwittingly shifted my universe in November. She'd asked me to go along with her to a gathering in the Rockies. I agreed without thinking too much about it. I even considered backing out so that I could spend my first post-marital birthday with my husband. But I didn't. And that was the best decision I'd made in months.
In three days I felt my world shift, the thoughts and feelings aligning and I finally started to feel at home in my skin again. Over the next month I've been shocked at how time and time again I return to things I learned that weekend--about myself, about controlling anxiety, about relating to others and about my vocabulary. It was a profound experience, and that's probably undervaluing it.
Honestly, I feel as though I'll be actively, eternally grateful.