With so many nasty things happening on the Internet these days, I would like to call attention to a few marvelous friends I have made over the years and recognize a wonderful source for these friendships. The “Women of Midlife” group on Facebook was started about a decade ago to attract and assist women writers with support and friendship. I joined as soon as it formed, and through the years, as I read the writing of various other women past age 40, I developed online friendships. But I had no idea how much these women meant to me until I ran my last post about aging faster than my friends.
I wrote there about friendship loss as we age and our health begins to fail and was astounded by the response from the friendships I have developed over the years on “Women of Midlife.” These few women have watched me grow as a writer and as a woman over the years and therefore understand best my frustrations with brain injury and how that is now limiting my abilities to communicate and connect with others. They also seem to know that it has been quite difficult for me to make any real friends in my new environment in rural southern Colorado.
One message in particular hit home for me:
“Laura, you have always been tenacious in your hold on life. Your connection to nature often pulls you through. Your love for those in your life MAKES YOU YOUNGER than many. And finally your mental strength. I believe when we lose some of the physical the mental takes over. That is certainly the case with you.”
I had no idea Beth understood my struggles so well and yet continue because of my desire to keep pressing on in spite of multiple challenges. I knew that some women, whom I have known for years but have never met in person, do care for me, but this response was unmistakable in its understanding, love and concern.
Thank you to “Women of Midlife” for fostering these kinds of close online friendships!
P.S. I also just learned what ‘ghosting’ is from one of those friends. Shame on those who do it!
7 thoughts on “Gratitude for Internet Friends!”
It’s been a long time since I visited your blog, Laura. I dropped off from the Women of Midlife group for a bit, but happy to be around this supportive community again.
I’m looking forward to catching up on news of you and reading your posts!
Hi Corinne! This group is so worth your time! After ten years here I find I have some great friends and support!
Your adventures have changed me, Laura, and I’m so grateful to be able to tag along on your journey!
Thanks so much for caring Diane! You are my favorite Canadian buddy!
The message from Beth was so intuitive and loving. Just what was needed!
I don’t get to The Women of Midlife as often as I should except for April when I participate in A to Z and have stuff to share as I’m working on a couple books. Your blog is always one of the ones I look for recent posts to visit. I should follow you in a more active way. Be well, be strong, or be curmudgeonly, we have earned it.
Hi Nancy! I remember you from way back when “Women of Midlife started! It sounds like you are busy and happy. Good for you!