New Beginnings

It’s Sunday, and it’s cold and wet, and already I’ve had one soaking whilst walking the dogs – but now I’m home and showered, and thinking about the week just past.

I met a friend I hadn’t seen for years yesterday, and we spent a couple of hours just walking about the promenade, and drinking tea.  It was one of those weird meetings really, when you find that over the years, you’ve changed – and they’ve changed.  I sat and watched as she uncomfortably snapped in half the wooden stirrers that came with the tea.  

“What’s the problem?” I said, “Why are you so nervous?”.  

“I was worried that we couldn’t connect any more” she said

Later, we both relax, and then the flow of chatter doesn’t stop.  Turns out that we haven’t changed that much really – we just didn’t know quite how to get started again.  Once into the flow, and it was like we hadn’t been apart.

In a couple of weeks time I’m doing two talks over three days, and they’ll be ‘in person’.  I’m not sure that I haven’t forgotten how to do it.  Pretty sure I’ll muddle through though, very much like meeting that friend we haven’t seen for a long time.

She gave me a kiss on the cheek as we parted, with promises to ‘do this again very soon’…… I really hope we do.

Author: Diane Seddon ARPS AFIAP CPAGB BPE3* - D Seddon Photography

I am a retired freelance photographer, based in Louth, Lincolnshire.

4 thoughts on “New Beginnings”

  1. We reconnected with some old friends again recently. I recognise that initial awkwardness but after a while it was like those years of not seeing each other had just faded away. It felt very worthwhile to make the effort (and it is an effort)! I hope (and think) that in person talks will be the same, you’ll settle back into it and be glad to make those human connections again.

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  2. A lot of people are getting back to “normal”, some find it easy and are determined to embrace their previous way of life. I’m finding it difficult to relax and mix amongst people, even out in the fresh air. As time passes it becomes a bigger obstacle.
    If you’re confident to do a live “face to face” talk then go for it. Stay safe.

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