There’s nothing like a good wedding….
Well maybe there is,I think the funerals can be great days too - a huge celebration of a life lead - but let's be honest weddings are a tad happier!!
This weekend just gone, I went to a wedding. The wedding of a wonderful friend I met in Glasgow when I was teaching there and who I've stayed in touch with over the following years...
I want to start by sharing how I met Lisa - I moved to Glasgow, the studio opened, at the end of a class up came this rather loud Aussie chick and goes “Hi I’m Lisa too, we should go for wine” - or something like that anyway. Being the semi shy person I am, please don’t laugh at that as I can be a tad shy meeting new people….- her boldness was out there, and I loved it!.
We did indeed have that wine and many many more. We went on to me being her Pilates trainer and mentor, watching her grow into a great pilates teacher and pass her exam (wooohoooo) - to living with her and her now husband for my last few months in Glasgow, to moving away and living on 2 different continents (me Asia, her back in Australia) - spending Christmas 2015 with her in Port Macquarie and having the pleasure of meeting her father, now passed - the most beautiful soul, to sharing spiritual journeys and learnings and tears and openness when we’ve both had our darker moments and being part of the process of seeing each other blossom into who we can be.
And I had the pleasure and honour of seeing her walk into Springbrook Community Hall on Saturday October 14th 2017, a beaming bride with her son by her side. A woman so full of love for life and people and surrounded by so many people who love her totally and unconditionally. Her soon to be husband, with his huge family surrounding him (there’s 11 kids - wtf) - standing under the “arch”, watching her walk towards him, totally focussed on her - nothing else mattered.
What to say, to have been a part of their lives for the last 4 years, to be there on this big day and be part of this amazing family brings a huge smile to my face as I type and I am so grateful to know such a wonderful person and through her met so many others.
The day made me reflect on all those I know, other weddings I've been to, children I’ve seen in bellies and then grow, losses suffered, and friendships strengthened by sharing and being open. I am truly blessed, I know phenomenal people, have an extended family and am loved so much for the woman I am - damn fucking lucky!!
I take the opportunity with this blog to say thanks to all those in my life, for being there; for simply being there. If it wasn’t for you - I would not be who I am, not grown into the Lisa I am today, and not shared your journey with you as you have mine.
I also wish Lisa and Rob Hunt so much love love love for the rest of their lives together. As I watched them be with each other, having been together for some 13 years I believe, this rumbling stirred in me - and when I had a moment with Lisa, I whispered, "I want that - what you guys have" - I think it surprised her as much as it did me... It was one of the few times in my recent life I can truly say I do want to share my future with someone and that's a big thing for me to "admit".
Seeing them though and many of the other couples I know - including the Dunkleys, the Garrats, Pagdet/Rutland, and the Joneses - my parents, I get it. How it is possible to still be true to you and be part of something bigger than you... Inspirational couples....
Written with gratitude and a desire for all to give and receive love, we all deserve it.