Good morning, lovely reader. Can you believe it’s Wednesday already? I know. Where does the time go?
My flat mate and I get a lot of stick from our friends because apparently the northern end of the Piccadilly line doesn’t count as “really” living in London. (It definitely does, by the way. Zone 4 is still a zone.) That having been said, we have a lot of house guests from all four corners of the capital city, and we both love having our friends round for cheese, diet coke and ridiculous conversations.
One of our friends came over yesterday for a rehearsal, and she ended up staying late into the evening, which was lovely. When she left she sent us both a message thanking us for the day, and she said some very sweet things about how spending time with us makes her feel better about life in general. As two very maternal girls of Irish descent who pride themselves on looking after people, this was the greatest compliment we could have received.
When someone needs a break from reality, a good laugh or just access to an excessive cheese board, they know to come to our flat. I absolutely love that. As a friend, the best feeling in the world is knowing that something about you is helpful to the people you love.
We all need different things from different people, and that’s fine. It’s good to have a friend who is good at distracting you from your problems, a friend who is an excellent listener and a friend who will always be up for blowing off some steam. It’s also totally fine to sometimes need a good cry, sometimes need a big night out and occasionally just need a massive rant with no input beyond a few sympathetic noises.
Different times call for different measures, and you are absolutely allowed to need people when life throws something weird at you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, a chat, or just a cuddle. Your friends want to be there for you just as much as you want to feel better. Even if talking about a problem isn’t necessarily going to make it go away, it’s important to let the people who love you try to help. In fact, the most important time to reach out to people is when you feel totally lost and helpless. It’s the difference between standing alone on a battlefield saying “This is shit. What am I going to do?” and standing beside someone who loves you, who will turn to you and say, “Yes, this is shit. What can I do to help?”
Don’t just have a Wednesday. Have a Marks and Spencer’s Wednesday.