Just Be Enough‘s prompt this month is about circles.
And whether I’m in circles.
I am, of course.
We all are.
I guess the bigger question is whether I like the circles I’m in.
And happily, I can say for the most part the answer is YES.
Real life circles remind me a lot of Google+. You have “friends,” “family,” “acquaintances,” “bloggers.”
And like all of us, I have my family circles, circles with friends, acquaintance circles, and blogging circles.
The friendship circles fascinate me the most. My parents always told me that I’d be lucky to count true friends on one hand in my whole life. Back when I was in college, I thought that was ludicrous. I had way more than a handful of true friends.
Now I see the truth in that. I have many acquaintances. Many of which are in totally different circles from each other. And I like that. That I can float around from one circle to the other, receiving different strengths or emotional support or fun from each one.
But I have very few true friends. Truly, as my parents said, way less than a handful. And I understand now. How hard it is to have true friends. Sometimes I look around at people I perceive as having large circles of true friends and/or a big group of close knit families who do everything together and I feel a little jealous. Sad, even.
But then I look at our life and how busy we are and feel blessed that we have so many different choices of activities and groups. Groups where we float on the periphery, but that’s ok. It’s good to have choices.
And sometimes it’s more fun to watch how other people interact with each other than it is to be right in the thick of their interactions.
It might even be a little safer that way. You know?
Tell me about YOUR circles. Are you a “many circles, many friends” kind of person, or are you a “few circles, few friends” person?