In this back-to-school season I've been reflecting on friendship and how making friends changes when you are an adult. You don't have to invite everyone in your 2nd grade class to your birthday party anymore (thank goodness) but it's also not as easy to walk up to someone new and ask them to sit with you at lunch (even if you want to). It's often hard to meet new people and as our lifelong friends move to different cities and countries, we can sometimes long for the days we lived in neighborhoods or dorms full of our favorite people.
So we seek other avenues - connecting with work colleagues, joining a kickball team, bowling league, or yoga class. As new parents, we quickly realize the need for the long-lost village and seek out like-minded moms to help us navigate this new and unknown world of raising tiny people. We relate around shared interests, locations, or the simple connection we'd like to make.
My favorite thing about making friends as an adult is that it keeps reminding me how many truly wonderful people there are in this world. When turning on the news makes me feel like everything is falling apart, turning to my friends makes it feel like everything is coming together. People who go to work every day to benefit others, who are committed to raising bright, conscious, open-minded children, who take care of themselves and their communities.
I'm incredibly lucky to meet new people - and potential friends - every week. My work connects me to students, clients, communities, and amazing mamas. I see your desire for connection, community, and friendship and am committed to supporting you this fall - I'll be teaching a variety of yoga classes, leading mamas circle groups, and hosting a 3-week sustainable eating program called Harvest. It's all about bringing people together!
So this month, I hope you'll join me - either in a class, program, or simply in reaching out to someone new. It may just make the world seem good.