I have been thinking about a lot of things lately in my quest of getting to know ME. I’ve been truly blessed during this chapter of life with very good friends. And that has made me think about that VERY thing…FRIENDS. Make no doubt about it…God puts the friends in our lives, exactly when we need them OR when they need us.
It’s not so easy to make GOOD friends anymore, at this age. Everyone is so busy and has their own life. It’s during this phase of my life where what was occupying my mind has moved out and now I have all this time and room for other things like FRIENDS. Graciously, God supplied my need. I have been influenced, motivated, and supported by 5 women lately. On my journey to finding me, they have helped me see that I’m not completely lost, just temporarily misplaced. LOL And they, with their own lives, their own journeys, are helping me along on mine. So I thought there was no better time than now to have a tribute to my girlfriends. It is that time of year after all.
Lora-thank you having the courage to pursue one of your dreams and by that, giving me the courage to do the same. I do acknowledge that my opinionated ways might make me appear close minded at times and I thank you for always looking past that and giving me the time and space to mull things over. And see? I am open to new ways of thinking. Seriously, I owe you so much for being the brave one. My wish is that you look your other dreams in the eye and go as fearlessly after them.
Becky-ahhh….my friend of brutal honesty. LOL Thank you for that. I know that you will not hold back when I need to hear the truth. I also know I have no other bigger fan when it comes to you (excluding my mother, of course). Much of who I know as the girl I am today I attribute to you. You have rubbed off on me in all the right ways. Here’s to not letting others hit me repeatedly, to touching, smelling and tasting, taking a step back, and most of all, washing my face in the shower (no more tears). I love you and you are the best kind of friend to have. Thank you for pointing out the path I needed to get on and for helping me to begin to let go. You do so much more for me than words could ever convey, so I won’t even try.
Dei-I think you are my soul mate. I can tell you anything and I NEVER fear judgment. Maybe it’s just that we have been friends for such a long time and that we come from similar backgrounds. We both are on a journey and I’m so thankful to have you with me during this phase of my life. I know if I get lost, I can call on you and I know if you need me, you will call on me. We are so much better together. And I treasure our friendship more than you can ever know. I don’t think I have a friend that I’m more comfortable just being myself with.
Susan-you have inspired more than any other person lately. I’m so in awe of you. Even though you are so private with your feelings and the details of your life (and I’m so not), I’m so impressed with how you carry yourself, with how you deal with obstacles, and downfalls, with personal challenges. I realize that different life styles shape us in that way but I have come to appreciate and even envy your ability for self control, being able to articulate in those moments when I usually can’t (because I’m so “passionate” LOL) and at being so hilariously funny! You are the whole package, girlfriend. And as you enter the beginning of what I call true adult hood (the forties), I want you to know that you are so far ahead of me. You already know who you are and what you like and what you should be doing…where you want to go. So when I stand close to you…know that I’m hoping that some of Susan will leap off of you and land on me!
And last but not least by far…my sister, Carol-you have always been so good at setting boundaries and at prioritizing your time. And I have always sucked at those 2 things. Five years is all that separates us, but many times, I feel like you’re the older sister because you are so much wiser. You figured out so much more about life and what’s important before I did. And if I want more of anything in 2012 it is more time with you. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to realize what has been missing. But I know now…it was me.
To all of you that took time to read this blog, I hope you have some really good friends on your side and I hope that as this new year gets started, you will take the time to take stock of all the influential women in your life that you call “friend” and that you will find a way to tell them how much they mean to you. Because tomorrow is not guaranteed and because it’s good for them to know and it’s even better for you!
Have an ultimate fabulous 2012… may it be ever so sparkly with every good thing on this earth and may you always have good friends to share it with!