When I created this blog of mine, it never occured to me that friendships could be made through writing about my life and how I feel about certain aspects of it but I was proven wrong. I started talking to a girl called Holly on Twitter, a couple of months after creating my blog and we hit it off straight away. We’re both visually impaired so it was nice to have that initial common-ground which made good conversation and we can now talk for hours about the highs and lows of being blind alongside random life topics.
After a year of chatting online, we decided that we’d like to meet in person and this post is dedicated to that day when we met for the first time. It’s a really special post for both of us since it’s so surreal that we’ve been able to form such a strong friendship for creating our blogs and talking online. We thought that documenting our first time meeting face-to-face would be a lovely post to look back on.
On Monday 29th of August 2016, I woke up at the crack of dawn to get ready for a very exciting day, a day I had been wanting to happen for a really long time.
As I said, Holly and I started talking in June 2015 and since then we’ve become really good friends, we’ve found that we have a lot in common and we can relate to each other in many ways. She always makes me smile and always brightens up my day, I can only hope that I do the same for her.
Holly and I are both visually impaired and I honestly believe that this makes our friendship stronger and it brings us closer together, this goes to show that living with a disability isn’t all bad, it can have major positive aspects and in my case, it’s allowed me to meet one of the most incredible people, someone who I couldn’t imagine my life without now.
We’ve been wanting to meet for a while now but planning was extremely difficult since we live quite a long distance from each other. But, we finally resolved to hopping on a train and meeting in the middle which was Manchester.
It took a two-hour train journey to get to Manchester but it was definitely worth it because I had the most incredible day with Hols, her parents, my mum and Holly’s adorable little dog!
It’s amazing how the internet has enabled Holly and I to meet, I am so grateful to have her in my life.
On the day we went to Piccadilly gardens and had a little picnic and it was so lovely just to chat and get to know each other even better. We then popped into a few shops and then grabbed something to drink and sat to chat again which was really nice. As the day drew to a close, we went for dinner/tea at the Ask Italian restaurant which was lovely and we then had a little photo shoot at the Piccadilly gardens as we wanted something to document and remember the day by. That was a perfect end to the day and to top it all off we had the biggest hug and neither of us wanted to let go!
After getting on the train, I did have a few tears in my eyes, they were tears of happiness because I had the best day with the most amazing person, but they were also tears of sadness because I had to leave. Crying might seem extreme to some of you but it’s ok to cry, especially when you’re feeling sad about leaving someone and living so far away from them.
I was completely overwhelmed by the whole experience but I had the most amazing time. Holly is even more lovely in person and I’m so lucky to call her my best friend. I miss her already but I can’t wait to see her again soon <3