I think I've written about the struggle in my adult life to find friends....ad nauseum. I don't think I have high standards. A few people who might actually want to include me in their group activities would fit the bill just fine. Maybe a person or two who have some free time that they're looking to fill.... I guess it would be nice if I even shared their basic philosophies of life, but lets not get carried away.
The fact is, I can't force anyone to want me. Wow, I just typed that and read it, and it looks really pathetic. But really, sometimes I feel like one of those older cats or dogs in the cages at the SPCA with the caption above them that reads "Please give me a forever home. I might be older but I still have a lot of love to give." I can't do anything about other peoples' lives, only my own. Yes, it boils down to this - the act of not only desiring my company but having time for it can't be forced, and throwing myself into things and being rejected only makes me feel worse.
So, I decided last month that I would just "be". I decided that I needed to put it into God's hands. I needed to have hope that God has something in store for me down the road that will fill this hole. I decided that I needed to involve myself in things that would get me out of the house, but without unrealistic expectations. "Do it to live in the moment - nothing more, nothing less". And as for the people I am close to....... I can't expect more from them than they are willing and able to give. In my last blog, I mentioned the human relationship food pyramid. It leads to the dinner plate and how much of it should be protein, veggies, etc... What an interesting intersection with the "plate" as people refer to it as a symbol of their lives. So, it stands to reason that where I place people on my "plate" usually will not match the position that I hold on their "plates". I won't lie - it would be wonderful to be at the center of someone's plate. Maybe I was at one time. In the here and now, it doesn't feel like I am. Mostly, I feel like a side item that's out there in its own dish because it doesn't fit on the plate. So... word to the wise - if you're the center of someone's universe, don't take it for granted!
I've been mostly ok with this for the past month or so. I just try to live one day at a time and pull the positives out of whatever happens to be going on at the moment - whether I'm alone or not. There are days like today where my resolve breaks down and I wonder what the point of my existence is. I mean, really, what is the point? What am I here for? These are the difficult days. These are the days when I have to power through, take deep breaths and tell myself over and over that God has a plan for me and for how my life will evolve. I just have to have patience and let it happen.
One thing that seems to crop up almost every day is people lamenting about how summer "flies by," blah blah blah ........ Erie County Fair.......blah blah blah ........back to school.... blah blah blah. For me, it moves at the speed of wet cement. In a weird sort of way .... since summer is supposed to be so wonderful .......... I guess that makes me lucky.