There are two main reasons why I dedicate this post to my dear Lady Dy over at Birth of a New Brain. First of all, she calls me a global traveler (l don’t travel that much to be honest, but am happy to be called one because l sometimes travel that far in my head). Secondly, I hope the post inspires her ahead of her support group meeting this afternoon. So my lady, if you face this meeting like an Area Girl, you’re sure to survive and why not thrive.
And so my story goes, I so was sent on a mission to Abyssinia (I learnt there that it was the Amharic name for Ethiopia). This Country is so unique in several ways. Ok, for a start their calendar is 5 or so years behind “ours “. Their time is 6 hours behind “most of ours “, and their language and writing are another discovery channel of their own.
I knew that to get along/around without being “duped ” nor feeling scared and insecure, I had to wear on what l christened “My Area Girl Aura “. I didn’t want to be treated as a “Mary just come expat ” or whatever close to that you know. I didn’t confine myself to the comfy/safety of hotel/chauffeured cab etc, to and fro meetings. Ah no! I made a few local friends following my instinct.
One of such was Helena who worked at the hotel as a ‘Support Staff’ in the wellness center. I had gone there to check out the famous ‘Moroccan Bath‘. She took me around and we had the famous Ethiopian Coffee right inside one of those sharks. She also took me to her home, and there l met her husband and ate their traditional meal.
That is how much of an Area girl I can be. And so my dear lady Dy, you already are an Area Lady as far as creating/organizing such support groups is concerned. You even have some Helenas out there to assist you, and sure there is Lucy. They have stood by you for long you say, and one will be the time keeper right?
So know this, what you are about to do is awesome. Just because the other times you tried and got stuck, doesn’t mean this other group is already doomed. I promised to be your fairy godmother, and you said you start at 2pm pacific standard time. I’ll light a candle then (it’ll be 11 pm here in Brussels and just timely for a vigil and fairy takeoff); and then I’ll wear that aura which reminds me that I’ll and we’ll survive and why not thrive…