Who is in your circle of friends? Who really "gets you"...knows what is in your heart? Who takes you seriously and encourages you to move forward, and warns you when you are treading toward trouble?
Some of us are lucky enough to have a few of these special friends, and others not so much.
When I was young, all I wanted was to become an Olympic Athlete...yet, I was not very good at anything that "girls" did in the Olympics.
I also didn't feel like I could share these hopes and dreams with anyone. I did not have the confidence in myself. I figured other kids would just think I am stupid...make fun of me...laugh at me...
I now realize that my lack of confidence not only myself, but others as well was the reason I missed out on some wonderful deep and meaningful friendships in my younger years. It is the sharing of the hard stuff...the heart felt fears, dreams and experiences that draws people closer.
I am blessed to have developed the trust in myself, as well as the trust in others to put myself out there...to share, to listen, to cry, to laugh...to know that no matter what I say I will still be loved. I have some special friends, ones who know my heart. They will be there for me, standing up and cheering, hugging me while I cry, and telling me "that might not be a good idea" when I am heading down the wrong path. They can share their own hopes, dreams, sorrows and fears with me and I will be there for them. No matter what.
Thank you my friends...you know who you are...
Who is in your circle of friends? Who can you be yourself with...without fear?