This whole blogging thing really has changed my life. Yes, I’ve had an outlet for rants, love and things I’m passionate about. But that’s not the main reason my life has changed.
The best change has been the people I’ve met.
See, I thought I was starting this blog because I missed writing and wanted an outlet. I knew my life was going to change dramatically when I essentially became a stay-at-home mom. I anticipated writing to address my own struggles and transition, and hopefully to reach someone else who felt the same way.
Don’t get me wrong – all of that has happened. But through blogging, I’ve met a wonderful group of women who have become my friends. And not just on the internet. Real friends, in real life.
When I first heard the acronym “IRL” in social media and on blogs, I wondered why people were talking about the Indy Racing League in those settings. It was so odd to me. So I googled it and learned that it meant “in real life.” (You know, because I do that when I don’t want to sound stupid asking what something means. Not that it happens very often…)
It’s funny to me today since my “internet” friends and I got to meet Mario Andretti last Friday night. Those internet friends who are truly friends “IRL” now, we got to meet an IRL legend and enjoy a night out together thanks to Casey. It was so much fun and eating dinner together after meeting Mario made me realize that even if I never blog again, these ladies will still be my friends.
And for that I’m extremely thankful.
Yo, just write.