Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Let's Get Weird.

 a photo from our Saturday night

This past weekend I spent a fun night out with two of my favorite people, and I've been thinking so much about the idea of friendship and how it's changed for me over the years. I find it so interesting look back through the past couple of decades and see the kind of friends I gravitated towards (or was), and how that's shifted over time. At different stages there were different things- party friends, easy breezy friends, school friends. At times the kind of friends I didn't always feel comfortable letting down my guard around or allowing them "in." But really, all I want is REAL. I want to be able to be myself- my sometimes neurotic, always chatty, incredibly emotional, occasionally moody, weird self- and I want the people I call my closest friends to be able to feel like they can be exactly who they are too, all of the time. For the most part I've had the same people around for a long, long time, and although I do love meeting new friends, at this stage in my life I'm really enjoying getting to know the people already here in new ways as we get older and navigate our 30s together.

This past weekend we had some good conversations about this and everything else in between- about just wanting to cut the bullshit out of life and get right down to it. And it's not that I ever didn't want real in my relationships, but I think as I've experienced more and more in life, parts of this outer shell I've put up (without even realizing it was there...) has come down. And you know what? As scary as it is to be you, 100% you, it feels good to let people see that person and let them into who you truly are. And in return, you allow your friends to be on that same level, and what you get is a whole bunch of really awesome real-ness. Are you still with me? ;)

I've been sitting here trying to write this post for awhile. I write about things like this often, so I struggled for a bit with how to share what I'm feeling without sounding like I'm repeating myself like I can sometimes do. It's hard to put "let's get weird" in an eloquent way, but here it is: all I want is to be a safe place for the people I love. I want them to know that I will always love them just the way they are, just as I know they love and accept me. Quite simply: be who you are, be that person loudly. I'm weird, you're weird...let's get weird together.

6 comments:

  1. I love this. I'm 28 and I totally relate - I've experienced many types of friendships, but there are those lucky few who have been with me longer than I can remember, and they stick because they're real. We're real and weird and 100% true with each other, with zero judgement. These real friends are irreplaceable!! ❤

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    1. I couldn't agree more, Brittany! :) Thanks for reading. <3

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  2. Ah, I am absolutely in love with this post, and boy can I ever relate! I have really enjoyed the way my friendships have evolved as I've gotten older and become more true to myself. It is so nice to feel safe around my friends and know that I can be exactly who I am with them.

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    1. Yes! I love that Vanessa...and I agree- that feeling of safety is the very best.

      xoxo

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  3. loved this danielle! although I'm just 26 but, i totally get what you mean by "at this stage in my life I'm really enjoying getting to know the people already here in new ways as we get older and navigate our 30s together."

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  4. I'm so relieved to hear another person's outward thoughts about being a non-believer. To read "I believe in science" is a breath of fresh air to me. I'm so glad that others know you should just be kind because it's the right thing to do.

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