I met Karen over 10 years ago, when she came walking into the gym carrying her 9 month old son in a carrier in one arm, and a large diaper bag in the other. As she put them both down she sighed, looked at me with those tired new mother eyes, and asked me to help her. She was exhausted...had a toddler at home and 9 month old Jack. She had a spirit that was buried inside, probably trying to get some sleep...I could see that. I liked her instantly.
It wasn't long before our relationship was no longer just trainer and trainee, it was blossoming into a wonderful friendship. The hour long sessions would pass by quickly(at least for me) as we shared stories about our lives. We began taking shopping trips together, sharing cups of coffee or glasses of wine, and enjoyed outings with our kids. It was within this time that my life slowly began to unravel. Karen was my lifesaver, she threw me a rope of hope to cling to as I began to fall deeper and deeper into a hole.
She was there anytime and every time I needed anything...She would give the shirt off her back in a snowstorm if I or anyone else she cared about needed it. Her heart was and IS bigger than anyone I have ever known.
As I think about this particular friend, my heart breaks open in gratitude. She was always there for me when I was unavailable for myself.. As I fell deeper and deeper into that hole, she was there to hang out with me, listen, support and eventually throw me a rope to help me climb back up out of the hole back into my life.
Karen, I finally get the opportunity to say thank you for always being there for me. For never pushing me, for never judging me, never questioning me or my actions. You have seen me at my worst and still loved me, continued to listened, cared, offered advice and helped in ways that I never would have thought possible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and the bottom of the hole I was in, for your unconditional love and friendship. I am eternally grateful you needed a trainer all those years ago and I was the one who happened to be in the office.
I look forward to seeing our friendship move forward as our families continue to grow older (since we are both stuck in the 80's somewhere) and life takes us wherever it takes us, please know I have a very big bucket that is full of love, care and support for you...and thank you for throwing me a rope...