Who is Angela?
Disclaimer: This post reflects my opinion of Angela.
A chance meeting
I met Angela through a mutual friend. She needed a place to call home, and I needed to either sell or rent mine. But this isn’t a story about how Angela bought my house; because she didn’t. In fact, she didn’t even rent it. As it turns out, there was a much better opportunity waiting for her that had yet presented itself. As a result of her waiting, Angela now lives in a beautiful home on the lake and I sold my house to a nice young couple.
Help is just a phone call away
I’m not exactly sure at what point I thought it would be OK to contact Angela for help, but I did. My husband and I needed some assistance installing a fence so we decided to call her.
Without hesitation, Angela agreed to come over and help. Actually, a lot of people came over to help! You see, Tennessee is filled with kind, loving people. I believe each one enriches my life in ways I can’t explain. Sherrie, Elic, Buffy… and the list goes on.
But back to Angela.
Clearly, I can’t do this alone
Although Angela and I were (and still are) Facebook friends, we didn’t interact too much. The occasional ‘hello’ if we saw each other on the street, and of course that time she was kind enough to come help install a fence. Aside from that… we mostly just interacted online.
Then it happened! With a little encouragement from my husband, I asked Angela for help again. This time with a last minute request to join me in Nashville to help plan Indie DevStock.
Once again, she agreed. So the very next day we left for Nasvhille. Since that time, our friendship has grown in ways I don’t yet understand.
I don’t ‘People’ real well
There’s something about Angela you need to know. She’s great with people. I, however, am not. That’s what makes this friendship work. If it were up to me, I’d still be trying to plan Indie DevStock alone. Thankfully, my husband recognized how important Angela is; not only for the conference, but for me.
She is kind and loving. She’s also a great friend. Not because she helps me with various things, but because she is authentic. Our conversations are authentic. We are real with one another. She is not afraid of me and I am (mostly) not afraid of her. Remember, she’s still ‘people’, and people scare me.
But she understands that and accepts me for who I am.
Different? For sure!
Angela and I are very different. That much is obvious. But we’re also very much alike. She and I share a common belief that people are meant to be with other people. While it’s true I do everything in my power to disconnect, it’s also true that connections are what make us whole. I’m learning.
So to answer the question, who is Angela? She is my friend. She is one of the many others attached to me by The Invisible Red Thread.
P.S. Believe it or not… it didn’t take too much convincing to get her to hold Sal, the snake. =]