This post is part appreciation and part instruction, so take notes (LOL but maybe not, too. Whatever, man!).
Listen to me. It is 2018. Chances are you have a smart phone (preferably an iPhone. We are an Apple family, it's important you know this now) and you've got some sort of system or app in place to make group texting a possibility. It is in my most humble, however incredibly true opinion that you should establish one, if not two, group texts made up of humans that hype. you. UP.
I, myself, have two active group texts that I share all things with. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
I first met Mary Beth in my 9th grade theatre class. Was she into theatre as much as I was? Not exactly, but ya girl needed the fine arts credit and apparently a friend named Christina (CC at the time and to this day, that is). Mary Beth's younger sister Annalisa quickly became everyone's little sister, too, and here we are 10 years later.
Mary Beth and I are both moms so there is a lot of support that happens in that sense. Sleep training, feeding, diaper changes, funny things TJ says, all the good things. Mary Beth has always been my very kind, very funny, never judgmental friend. You need that friend. Get you that friend. You will need her (or him). Annalisa is supportive and along for the ride for the mom conversations, but what she is really good at is reminding us all to be a boss. At work, at home, at the gym, at Whole Foods. Annalisa is constantly inspiring me to be a better version of myself.
These girls are my sounding board. The people I complain and celebrate to. Do we call each other witches? Yes, and no I did not censor that for this blog, we literally say witches. Do we laugh so hard we cry? Absolutely.
Where do I even begin with Trevor and Grant? Perhaps the very beginning (Grant finished that sentence with "a very good place to start" because #JulieAndrews).
I also met Trevor in high school, in the theatre. However he was a senior and I was but a freshman. We were in The Grapes of Wrath together. Well, more like, he was one of the main characters and I had one line about sharecropping. Either way, he was so nice to me and we became close. We graduated, we kept in touch, life happened and brought us back to a close friendship. We performed and worked together for almost three years. It was magical and amazing.
In that time we met Grant. Grant auditioned and got the part in one of my (and Trevor's and Grant's) most favorite show's The Last Five Years. Y'all, I am a married woman with a kid, but I mean it with all seriousness when I say that I fell in love with him. Pretty sure Charles fell in love with him, too, honestly.
From there bore a group text that has provided so much laughter and light to me over the years. Both of these men have hyped me up in so many ways, but most notably during this transition to a new life and work.
So what is my point? My point is that neither of these group texts are made up of people that are my blood. (Shout out to my third group text that includes my husband, my mom, and my in-laws! Also incredibly important to me!) But what they are is my chosen family. My tribe. People that don't have to support me, but do. And I do my best to return it ten-fold. So, again... run, don't walk, to find these people in your life. You never know just how much you will need them, until you do.
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