I cannot help but feel immense gratitude for the small handfuls of true friends that I have.
I would rather have no friends than to be friends with those who would wrong me. My friend TL told me this yesterday and I can’t help but agree with her. To often have I allowed myself to befriend unhealthy individuals. This then turns haywire and causes pain. I am still working towards finding those healthy individuals to let in. And sometimes I still fail.
Since the accident I have discovered that some people will be there for you every step of the way. Cheering and encouraging you on your trek up the mountain. Then when you fall and start stumbling down they are right there to catch you and help you back upright.
I am so grateful for my life long friends that I made in high school. We live in different states, pretty much all of them are married and some even have kids. However despite all the differences we still have a friendship that picks up where we left off.
My friends in college have been a small group of fellow engineers (most if not all of them are guys) that are constantly growing including their roommates, girlfriends and now even their girlfriends friends. It’s been an interesting group. However these guys are like brothers and treat me like a sister. We went to the beach the other day and were playing volleyball. I’ve never played much however these guys took the time to teach me. When I made mistakes it was not a big deal and when I did well they cheered me on. They are awesome friends and I’m so grateful for them! However it is hard being the only girl with a group of guys. One of my other good college friends is a fellow female engineer and we happened to live in the same house freshmen year. However we didn’t really become close friends till the end of that year. I remember specifically having this deep life discussion on the courage of Queen Esther. I’ve been there for her and I am so incredibly blessed that she has been there for me. She is a truly awesome friend and we have been through the craziness of engineering, boys, roommate issues and everything in between.
Then there’s my ohio friends. I didn’t go to Ohio expecting to make lifelong friends, I went for an internship and to see if I liked the community. I loved both! A plus was that I became good friends with two girls I worked with and another two girls in the community. Although I made other friends and connections there, these are the people I keep in touch with most. They are all so sweet, such compassionate individuals and teach me so much. I am especially grateful for their friendship and how distance and time zones don’t seem to break that.
To wrap up this lengthy note on my true friends that have been blessed into my life, I feel grateful. I feel ungrateful and slightly silly for forgetting how much I do have and am blessed with. Today is day 3 of my gratitude project and I can’t wait to see what comes out of this!