I have this idea of who I'd like to be. I'm happy to say it's not easy to be this person. Maybe that's how I choose the people in my life. My mom told me once, when I was in my upper teens, that I have an uncanny ability to surround myself with amazing people. The relationships I've made over the years are fairly binary. I have friends that are more or less friends in the traditional, loose sense of the word. But really, the people in my life are an intense part of me. A very definitive representation of the person I'd like to be. I see these people, that I am so lucky to have bumped into during my meanderings on this earth, and learn about what people are capable of. The warmth. The spurred influence can truly cause me to breathe in deeper, it makes my eyes well up, and words fail me.
I want to dedicate my energies to telling you about these people, one by one, over the next couple of years. I know I will not be able to fully capture how colorful they are to me in my life...and how deeply necessary, but it's important to me, if only to give them a glimpse of what I see when I think of them, and see them.
If my mom was right, and I was born with this ability, then it is undoubtedly my most prized. I get to grow with these people, I get to be there for them. I get to hope that I can be a fraction as impactful on their lives as they've been on mine. And I get to tell them what they mean to me.