I spent the past weekend at Retreat In The Pines in East Texas. My mom is the massage therapist for the retreat center so I could tag along and spend some time with her as well as participate in the weekends events.
It was right up my alley. Delicious homemade meals, wine, dark chocolate, journaling, yoga and meditation, all in the company of like-minded women in the middle of the woods in a log cabin. To say it was amazing is an understatement.
There were 11 women total from all different areas. Dallas, Tulsa, Austin, Houston, Galveston. There was even a traveling nurse from New Hampshire. Our ages ranged somewhere between 25 and 65. It was like adult summer camp.
I love getting to know other women. That's probably why I love my career so much. (I connect with men too but it's different.) It doesn't matter your age, your history, your marital status, your job...we are all the same. We ultimately have the same worries, fears and insecurities. The more I am around other women, the more I realize how connected we truly are.
On Friday evening at our first yoga class, I found my spot on a pink yoga mat next to a girl around my age. (I'll call her Al because it's kind of weird to write about people you've just met.)
The next morning after breakfast and my 2nd yoga class next to Al, my mom walked up to me and said "Guess what I just found out?" To which she didn't give me a chance to respond. "Al knows Drew!!!" (Drew is The Drifter, the guy I'm currently dating.)
Turns out that Al lives in McKinney and works with Drew's best girl friend from college in Dallas. Her mom lives in the same neighborhood as Drew's bestie and they had all hung out a few times and she knew that he had been dating a girl named Stephenie who was a hair stylist in Ennis. Al attended the yoga retreat with her grandmother who happens to have 3 other grandchildren who graduated from Ennis High School.
In case you're not following this, there were only 11 women who attended this retreat, one of which was my mom. It's not like there were hundreds of women from all over the DFW metroplex attending the same retreat center on the same weekend and most people are not familiar with Ennis, Texas. Is it not odd that of all the weekends I could have attended this retreat that I would pick the one that Al would be at with her grandmother? And did I mention that she does not practice yoga? She had attended 1 yoga class before coming to the retreat. What compelled her to book a yoga retreat and bring her grandmother is still a mystery to me.
I have no idea yet why I met her but I have no doubt that there is a reason. For the rest of the weekend, we got to know each other and talked about meeting up after work sometime. She had an adventurous spirit just like me.
I started this blog because I found a quote that said "Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it." So that is what I have done. Coincidences. Connections. I see them. I am aware of them. I can't help but find deeper meaning and symbolism in them. I can't always make sense of these things but it doesn't make them of any less importance.
I recently broke out my old school CD case and have been listening to some 90's jams. Alanis Morissette is still a rock star to me. She said it best..."Isn't it ironic? Don't ya think?"
The lesson: I have said before that maybe I just over analyze everything and some may agree but I have made peace with this and I find comfort in the daily sychronicities that show me there is a higher power at work that perfectly orchestrates the events that occur in my life. This weekend was no exception.