For years, my only friends were my co-workers. They are truly lovely people, but let's face it. When your co-workers are you friends, you never really get away from work.
But how do you make friends as an adult? I looked at the kids in my classroom. The answer became clear. All you have to do is play. You don't have to ask if you can play, too. You just play and somehow the invisible walls crumble and suddenly you have a new friend.
I took a page from my kids' playbook and I went out to "play." I revisited an old interest and started helping out backstage at the local community theatre. I was scared and nervous, but I took a deep breath and did it anyway. I didn't really have a clue what I was doing, but sometimes "playing" is the best way to learn.
That was a year ago. Tonight, I was at a reunion party for a show I helped out with this fall. As I sat there around the fire pit, I was glad I found enough courage to play. So many people have entered my life during that time. People I would never have met otherwise. Some are friends, some are on their way to becoming friends. But now I have a little refuge from the job I love allowing me to recharge my batteries.
So, thanks kids, for reminding me to play.