A long time ago, I wrote a funny little ode to the internet, because I was feeling so darn grateful for the fact that this blog helped connect me to a super rockin’ lady who I might never otherwise have met.
Today, I feel similarly grateful, for similar reasons.
Perhaps you remember a while ago that a lovely friend of mine (awwww Marisa:) gave me a book of scavenger hunt bike rides in Portland, and I asked for buddies to come on some of the rides with me. One unexpected response was from someone I didn’t know at all — we’ll call her Janna — who’d been reading this blog and was psyched to take a ride.
So, hey! We met up, and we rode, and as is often the case when you’re doing something active (at least for me), had a great conversation that pretty immediately got into some for-realz soul-sharing shit. And since then, we’ve been riding all over the place, and hiking, and generally having all sorts of adventures.
Today, a semi-typical sneak-it-in-after-work bike ride turned into a jump-into-the-Willamette-River excursion (it may have been like 85F here, but it was cold in that river!!). But again, in typical fashion, just a few hours of time together smooshed in around normal-life things felt like a grand adventure, and by the time I got home at the end of the day I felt invigorated and full.
Like many lady friends in my life right now, Janna materialized at just the right time. And I feel so gosh-darn lucky to have such a wonderful, cheerful, understanding, and hilarious presence in my life that when I’m feeling most cranky about the internet and blogs I remember that without this one, I would have a giant Janna-shaped hole in my life.
So a cautious yay for the internet, and yay for the sometimes-possible actual human connections wrought of people using the internet to actually reach out to and talk with one another. Definitely feeling so, so grateful.