One of my closest friends always talks about the current season of her life in terms of how different it is from other seasons past. Our conversations have been very poignant as I’ve begun to reflect on my own seasons of life. During these reflections, I realized how many friendships have been made, how many friendships have lasted, and how many have faded away.
I’d like to think the number of friendships I’ve made over the 30 years I’ve been on this Earth have a lot to do with the fact that I don’t stay in one place for very long. If I were to gather all of my friends in one room though – I don’t know if the number would be impressive. Numbers never matter. The quality of the friendships you’ve made with these people is what is important. I’ve lived in nine different cities since I was born and at each residence, I’ve developed relationships with people I’ve met – some whom I’m still friends with today. These people are good people – they are kind, funny, and caring. They’ve all taught me something different about life and exposed me to new ideas. All of the memories I’ve made with and each every friend are meaningful. And it’s incredible how much those experiences have shaped the girl that I am today.
I’ve collected some great people in my lifetime. In my most current season of life – the one where I moved to Georgia, became a Momma, and started teaching again – I am beyond blessed with the number of friends I’ve acquired. The last two and a half years have had so many ups and downs and these people – these GOOD people – have been right beside me, holding my hand through every difficult moment, cheering me on when I needed encouragement, and celebrating every little joy of life with me. The last six months have been a roller coaster, but my people, my GOOD people, made my problems their problems so I never felt alone.
So, to ALL of my friends. Thank you. Thank you for being good people. Thank you for not running away when you’ve seen the real me. Thank you for making me laugh through my tears, for always reminding me there can be rainbows at the end of a rainy day, and never ceasing to amaze me with your loyalty.