Global Friends & Family: You Matter, And Not Just For The Holidays
We write all year. You join and read, comment and support. I travel back and forth amid the blogosphere, finding kindred spirits and new friends. I post what you mean to me; you send kind wishes my way.
You might not think that’s very important, or that it makes very strong bonds.
But, then again, I hope you’d be surprised at how much the relationships we build stay with us and matter- and not just at the holidays.
As I look back, it was exactly 10 years ago that I began this journey home. I tried to find some way to share what a difference being online, meeting so many of you has meant.
It kept coming out sappy, so instead let me share a different story, not my own, from someone who gets it just right!
Now, I couldn’t find a way to summarize this story without losing its impact so please take time to click and read this account of what travel friends did to help a friend out. It’s amazing.
Now… tell me the people we meet traveling, blogging, or as expats don’t matter much! Au contraire, You mean everything!
From offering great tips and advice, to morale boosting when we get stuck; sometimes offering a new perspective or just a great example of how you do what it takes to make your life fun and fulfilling. Or like Dave and Deb, just to make life possible at times.
A great example of that this past year was Anne Lowery’s “PartTime Traveler” 5 month world tour. (http://www.parttimetraveler.com/abroad/destinations/). Friends helped shape that trip and made a lifetime of memories.
To further highlight how valued travel friends and online friends are, here’s a great photo from Anne’s Instagram (@anne_elizabeth) post on how wonderful friends are for traveling:
As we draw this year to a close, I’m thinking back over 2014, feeling very thankful for all of you who have shared the year with all its ups and downs with me. I’ve taken some very good advice to heart and lots of your posts have made me think differently about issues and questions.
To me that’s the best kind of family- ones that make you run toward being a better, more complete person, (rather than away from life and family, as we all know some family members can do!)
I created a video clip for a project where we were asked to introduce ourselves and share a little bit about ourselves. I edited this portion as a look back at where exactly 10 years in America has taken me… from sleeping in my friend’s driveway (which is kind of funny now) when I had nowhere else to go (that part, not so much) to being here with you today.
It’s my way of saying thank you to all of the great people I have had the privilege to meet and share with (some in person, and still many others of you, virtually).
I look forward to more progress in the coming year. You are awesome friends! ♥