Then I went for a walk and realized why. This weekend can’t be described in words. I can’t spit out every last detail although they are vividly playing in my head. I can’t even begin to describe the amazing events that happened beginning Friday afternoon when I arrived in Lex.
On Saturday, I saw one of my best friends marry her other side. A person who will make her so happy and grow in their faith and love together. Magical is not an over exaggeration to say the least. I won’t be posting pictures of the wedding – I just don’t feel comfortable doing that just yet. It is their day, their time to share it. Even more, I was me and did things I had not even done in my undergraduate career there. Going to bed at 1 am Friday and 3 am Saturday – is that Alex? So while I may hit some highlights, just know this is a small dot on a large experience I will always remember. I can only thank my friend for letting me be her bridesmaid in this huge milestone in her life.
Marvelous… that I was nearly shaking as my friend walked down the aisle. The girl who doesn’t crack a tear was all choked up (and yes I admit crying as she looked down) as the ceremony went on. Despite seeing her get dressed, taking pictures with her for nearly two hours before; the second she walked down the aisle I lost it.
Marvelous… I felt secure with myself. Between running into people I didn’t want to see, chatting with past friends, dancing the night away or doing all the girly things of getting ready – I stayed grounded. Yes, the food was a tough point but luckily my hunger really hasn’t returned. I also chose not to drink (besides a few sips of champagne) for fear of a stomach disaster. But was I that awkward person unwilling to socialize, heck no. (This is the gift she gave all the bridesmaids, it has an A for Alex on the heart)
Marvelous… I had an unplanned run meet up on Saturday with another best friend I haven’t been able to see. I wasn’t even planning on bringing running shoes but when she asked how could I refuse. I just loved catching up with her, realizing how much I miss her and getting our sweat on before the town wakes up. I was a tad under fueled but our shorter run was what I needed to shake my nerves.
Marvelous… I caught up with great friends. I mean this was probably the highlight. I settled a past conflict I had and honestly feel so relieved we could talk and hang out all night. I basically just felt like talking to everyone which is something I never want to do. I sound like such a square but for me, this was all such a different Alex than the one in college. The Alex in college just avoided people, didn’t open herself up to them and never let people in. I broke down that wall and allowed myself to laugh to the fullest. Even some of the groom’s friends who we had never met were a blast to get to know.
Marvelous…that I had a group of bridesmaids that made me nearly pee myself in laughter 24/7. We all stayed together basically every second of the weekend and I could not be happier with that. I really was never super close to any of them in college but walked away feeling so blessed to have those relationships. What an amazing group of 7 girls they were. I don’t think I would ever have been more open to going to an off campus undergrad party in my bridesmaid dress without them.
Marvelous… I may or may not have danced non stop from 9 pm to 2 am Saturday night. I may or may not have danced with one person for a majority of that (despite a few other dances). I may or may not have had an awesome conversation with this person as we walked back with the group. I may or may not have smiled probably the biggest smile I have shown in a long time. I may or may not have ever met this person before. I will leave it at that. Alex = one happy girl who wishes that people she meets for the first time could live way closer.
Marvelous… that I have no regrets about this weekend. Yes, tomorrow will hit hard on the lack of sleep, swollen feet from dancing, and realization I can’t do that every weekend but I would not take a second back. I saw everyone I wanted to see, caught up with who I wanted to and sang/danced the longest I have in a long time. My hair was drenched in beer (thank you drunk boy at the party) but I was the happiest I have felt in a while. Who knew something social could break that lonely funk?
Now can someone please get married so I can do this all over again?
Questions: What was marvelous about your weekend? What have you surprised yourself by lately?