I love Facebook! There are many things that I like about it. I enjoy posting pictures and sharing them easily with my family. I like keeping an eye on my kids and seeing what their interests are. I have been making new friends with other parents at my kids’ schools. I have reconnected with relatives that live far away or that I have not heard from in ages. I have found friends from college, high school, elementary school, as well as old co-workers and neighbors. All great stuff!
The most valuable thing that has come from my connections on Facebook has been the mini-reunions that have taken place with these long-lost friends. But surprisingly, it hasn’t been finding these old friends and catching up with them that has meant the most to me. It has been the person that I lost touch with somewhere between marriage and baby number three that I have enjoyed getting to know again. Myself.
I have heard that phrase, “finding oneself.” I never really knew what it meant. I did know that I didn’t feel like the real me for a very long time. Seeing old friends who knew me in school and before I had kids has brought back memories and most importantly my core values and interests have resurfaced due to these recollections.
Just today I got a comment from a high school friend, “I heard the song “True” on the radio today and it always makes me think of YOU!” How profound is that?? “True” is a song from one of my all time favorite bands, Spandau Ballet. I still quote lyrics from their songs all the time. My love of this band defined me in high school. I had forgotten about it for a while, but it always seems to come up again and again. She remembers this about me? Even now, after about 25 years? We weren’t even that close. Does she know how much it means to me? How these words are so very meaningful to me? Even now!
So true funny how it seems
always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels when toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul,
this is the sound
I bought a ticket to the world,
but now I’ve come back again
Why do I find it hard to write the next line
Oh I want the truth to be said
These lyrics remind me of my faith, my belief in God, my understanding of the journey that I am on in my life. Exploring, reaching out, taking chances, yet always coming back and accepting the truth.
I had already considered blogging about my Facebook experiences when I got that comment today. It was the catalyst I needed to actually get started.
I am in it now. This is the sound of my soul. This is the sound. . .