There is something about new friendships that help me grow as a person, expand my mind, and make me feel alive, even though it is my true nature to hunker down and be alone. It might not seem that way if you know of my crazy schedule, but I cherish “me” time spent in silence. (I didn’t even have a stereo in my car for 10 years just to have moments of silence) Still, life is about human connection and every time I push my boundaries, and make connections, it enriches my life. Recently I met Kayla. I am 45 years old and I was nervous to introduce myself (come on Sonya). Now I have a new writing partner, an assistant basketball coach and a friend, and my life is the better for it.