Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Somewhere over the rainbow
Skies are blue,
And the dreams that you dare to dream
Really do come true.

Sunday evening after the hot Minnesota sun slowly melted into a perfect night sky, as a fabulous weekend was drawing to a close, I sat with three wonderful friends listening to Brandi Carlile sing a beautiful rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow (which just happens to be one of my all time favorite songs). As the strains of the song waned, I glanced over at my friends watching them, thinking for the hundredth time in a few days, I cannot believe I am here in this moment--with these awesome people.

Just as Dorothy Gale's somewhere over the rainbow moment took her to a different place and a different time, changing her for the better; mine did as well. It's really hard for me to find the words to describe everything this weekend meant to me. The friendships, the laughs, the sightseeing, the conversations, and finally the tears when we went our separate ways all left an indelible impression on my heart.

I spent the weekend living in the moment, thoroughly distancing myself from the worries that have been plaguing me. I laughed and smiled more than I have in ages. I drank in the sights of the beautiful surroundings of Minneapolis, taking special care to notice the beauty of dusk settling in over a lake and the way the wind created white caps on the water. I went to Minneapolis excited and a bit nervous but I left confident in the knowledge that from here on out, whatever happens in life, wherever my road may lead, my friendships with these amazing women will remain strong and steadfast.

I never dreamed I would fly over 700 miles to spend the weekend with other bloggers. I never imagined the friendships that would result from creating this little space on the internet. I never realized how strong those bonds would become. I didn't know how much I needed this weekend. I couldn't imagine and am still figuring out how a few days spent with very dear friends could change me.

There may be no place like home, but traveling over the rainbow into a new place, with new friends who were incredibly familiar, and having adventures I had only day dreamed about far exceeded any expectations I could have imagined.