Well, things got crazy the last week before the holidays. Not life threatening crazy, but crazy nonetheless. I don’t like that very much. I don’t know one person who won’t say the running up to Christmas isn’t crazy. One day, I might just accept it as a given fact.
That last week, I forgot a LOT of things. I forgot to make stuff, to do stuff, to ask stuff, to turn up to stuff. The list goes on. I also got reminded that it is not to be expected that people will be nice to you, especially when you have forgotten stuff, so you better be kind to yourself.
Did I beat myself up for all the forgotten stuff with their own consequences? Yup. Did I get over it? Yup. But I lost a few hours of sleep over all of it, which caused more forgetting things. Sigh…One day, I might learn…
This morning, as I start to write this, the whole thing reminded me that on one of the days of that week of forgetfulness of doom, I was supposed to have hot chocolate with a friend, but our little meeting got postponed. That morning, I still had the hot chocolate, ignored phone and other distracting things, and used my time reminiscing the circumstances in which we had actually met, Sherly and I.
When we first met, Sherly kissed me on the cheeks like a true
-french- Malaysian person. We met because she was going to be, with lovely and fierce Agnes, the planner for wedding 69 of Lisa and Alex in Penang. I, was going to be the photographer and Nigel, the videographer.
That was back in June. The wedding I mean. This event is the evidence that when good people are put together, it doesn’t matter where they are in the world, at what stage of their career or life experience they might be. The 6 degrees separation thing is real. I managed to heal my little bruised heart with some serious arnica love and memories right there.
For the background story, I “virtually” met Lisa through Jemma, who I met back in Dubai about 8 years ago now – you may want to do a diagram of this, by the way- Jemma is the wife of one of the brothers of Damian, who was my husband’s best man at our wedding… I will leave you some time to get that sorted… At the time I met Jemma, nor she or I were in the actual career we are now. Jemma now owns “You Mean The World To Me” an absolute gem of a wedding blog, specialised in destination weddings. When Jemma introduced Lisa to me in the virtual web world, it was at least a good year (I can’t recall exactly, I was pregnant at the time, so forgetfulness in FULL action back then!) before the wedding in Penang actually happened. At the time of our virtual encounter Lisa and Alex weren’t actually sure they would make it here. Lisa and I became good friends, virtually, so much so that when we actually met for real, it was almost like good ol’ times with a mate I hadn’t seen for ages.
Meeting Sherly and Nigel that morning back in June, at a local cafe finally made the whole thing real. Sherly had a plan, and ideas, and things were sorted in a matter of days. The talent and organisation of this lady have no match. To read all about the wedding day at the Peranakan Museum, about the whole 2people1life journey, I strongly recommend for you to follow this link. Lisa has a knack for writing that I can not compete with.
What I wanted to do here was to live this formidable experience again through the images that will follow, an experience that brought some very different people all together that day and that evening in a little AirBnB and that it makes my heart all warm and fuzzy again.