Tomorrow can be so very different from today.

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I wish I could tell you I was different… But just like everybody else on social media right now, I am reflecting. 

How can you not…?

Not only is it the end of another year, but the end of the decade.

For about the last hour I have sat here typing random thoughts on my computer screen trying to communicate all of my feelings and reflections for you all. But it just wasn’t working… I just couldn’t wrap my head around why I was having such a difficult time. It wasn't like I was at a loss of content. There are so many different memories that I have made and lessons that I have learned that I could share.

Yet, none of that felt right… (I also felt like truly none of you probably cared for me to reminisce and talk about all of those things, except you Gram!)

Anyway, you are probably wanting me to get to the point. Here is what I ultimately decided. None of these memories that I have or anything that I have reflected on these last couple of days would be possible without the people that I have encountered throughout my life. I bet you all can say that same thing about your own life and the people in it...

So here goes nothing! Just some quick thank you’s to the real people who have truly helped me be me. (Sorry, if this is a little lengthy… the people in my life are badass!!)

*If you have any of these people in your life, make sure you give them the shout out they deserve. Nobody can do this life alone!!*

To my parents…

Sorry to state the obvious, but without you, I would not have survived this long. Life has thrown me so many curveballs, and it is your guidance, support, and advice that has helped me get to where I am. You have pushed me, challenged me and loved me every single day and I couldn’t imagine doing this crazy life without you. 

To my hometown friends…

Thanks for being my constant. I know that no matter where in this world I end up, I have the greatest (and most badass) group of people on my team.

To my mentor…

The wisdom, knowledge, and support that you have shared with over the last few years will be something that I will cherish forever. I hope to one-day be half of the person that you are. I will forever be grateful for your presence and guidance in my life. 

To the friend who cares with all of her heart…

Never apologize for using that huge heart of yours. You truly are the kindest soul. You want to know every single little detail and thought in my brain is not annoying, it shows your love and passion for the people in your life and I am lucky to be one of them. I am sorry for not saying how much I appreciate you as often as you deserve to hear it. 

To my siblings…

You are my people, and without you all I would be lost. We have been through it over the years… and I am truly aware that I was blessed to be given all of you to have done it with. 

To the friend who will always be there…

Thank you… It does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

To my biggest supporters…

You all make it feel like I can conquer anything… and for that, I am truly thankful. (Special shout out to the person who answers my calls or texts any time of the day to tell me that I am fine and I can do it. Without you, I would be lost. ~You know who you are!~ )

To the person who makes me feel special…

Well, I don’t know if I have found you yet… This is not a pity me or “I am sad and lonely” line. This is just the PR professional in me looking for any and every way to self promote ;)

To the friendship that will always be there, no matter how much time goes by…

Thank you for understanding life happens and that we are both busy. I can’t wait to catch up, it is always like no time has passed at all!

To my step-parents…

You are 100% included in the parents' section, cause just like mom and dad, I would not be where I was without the two of you. I just think you also deserve an extra special thank you because you both have supported me and loved me even when you didn’t have to, and for that I am thankful. 

To my friends...

Thanks for keeping my life interesting, you all are amazing.

To my haters…

(Sorry, I know this section headline probably made some of you cringe.) It is because of you all that I am confident in who I am and the decisions I make. Thank you for taking the time out of your life to give the reminder that I need to be confident and loyal to myself.

To the relationship that ended… 

It wasn’t easy, and it challenged every aspect of my life and who I was. Yet, I owe it the biggest thank you because it helped me find and love myself unconditionally.

To my person…

I have so many wonderful people in my life. Friendships that I have been blessed with, and people I could not imagine my life without… but with you, it is just easy. I don’t know how we ended up having the friendship and relationship that we do, and to be honest, we couldn’t be more different. I don’t know how we ended up with each other, but you ain’t ever gettin’ rid of me ;) I am thankful for every part of you and love you with my whole heart. 

To the jerk who made me second guess myself…

Thank you for helping me realize how I deserve to be treated. Thank you for showing me that I shouldn’t have wasted my time, energy or emotions on you, and for reminding me to always be a good human because there is no point in being shitty. 

To my family…

I have so many of you and I just want you all to know that I love you all and am thankful for your presence in my life. 

To my boss…

Thank you for always challenging me to grow and develop, while also providing me the resources and support needed to do so. 

To those who are in heaven…

Thank you for watching over me and my loved ones. I love you all. 

To my sorority sisters…

Thank you for providing me with a place to grow, develop my leadership skills and friendships, as well as supporting me while I found myself. You women are all so unapologetically yourselves, and I am honored to call you all my sisters. 

To the girl who doesn’t know how much I look up to her… 

You are the most kick-ass human ever, please don’t ever forget that. 

To the friendship that is hard… 

It wouldn’t be hard if it wasn’t worth it. 

To all of the other people in my life...

There are so many more of you that I could continue making this list and it probably might never end. I truly have been surrounded by so many wonderful people who have made this life one that I am proud to live. Thank you to all who I have encountered, both those who are still in my life and those who aren’t... you all have impacted me in one way or another and for that I am grateful.

 

Now before I go and start listening to all of the songs of the decade on Spotify as my next stop of reflection, I just want to simply say that life goes by way to fast… Don’t let it slip away without enjoying every second you can with the wonderful people in it. There are so many special people in your life, don’t let something silly or dumb hold you back from telling them what they mean to you. Tomorrow can be so very different from today.

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