Sometimes in life you have those days. Those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. And you freeze. Those are the times you hope you are lucky enough to have people in your life that will circle the wagons and help protect you until you regain your footing.
A family member who can’t be with you but who calls you at least 20 times in a single day because she thought of “just one more thing that might help” and wanted to tell you.
Or a friend that you call and stammer a stutter until you finally just start crying and telling her you can’t give any details but you have to talk to someone. And she doesn’t ask questions. She is just there. Lining up her wagon to join the circle around you.
Or your husband who surprises the hell out of you by showing you a side you have never seen but makes you love him even more than you thought you already did.
Or the stranger who sees you cry and just stands with you until you feel better. Just because she didn’t want you to stand there alone on the sidewalk crying.
Sometimes you expect something–brace for something– coming from one direction and without ever seeing it coming something entirely different comes from the other way and slams you to the ground. You feel unprepared. Alone. Pissed off. So very pissed off.
If your feet are knocked out from under you–whether it is something that happens to you or just in your life– I hope when you look around you, you see nothing but the wagons that have circled you. And the people who care enough to be there.
Your family. Your friends. Your spouse. Maybe even a stranger.
I hope you can’t see past them when you look because you know what? They are what keeps you safe when you are vulnerable. They watch your back when you drop to your knees. They don’t need to have the answers. Hell, they don’t even need to know the question. They’re just there because you need them to be.
They are just there because you need them to be.
And you didn’t even have to ask.
I hope you have that, too.