It's easy to get lost inside your own head. You can think things over repeatedly, twist them around, and drive yourself insane. In those times, the people you surround yourself with can immensely impact your life. They are the ones who have the ability to pull you out of yourself, and show you that while you're busy overthinking things, there's a whole big world you're missing out on. They remind you that there's a future just waiting for you; that if you're at your worst possible moment, it will pass. And if you're having the time of your life, hold onto it.
I am lucky enough to have an amazing few who have done this for me time and time again. As cliche as it sounds, I do believe people come into our lives for a reason. Sometimes that reason isn't clear, but I've found that it usually reveals itself. Although my faith can be easily shaken at times, I have enough proof and no trouble believing in this fact. There are the people you just know will be there forever; you don't even have to work at it.
Everyone can remember moments when a person impacted their life one way or another.
My best friend from college dragged me out of bed after my highschool boyfriend of 5 years left me. She's the girl I can be ridiculous with, and the one who can snap me out of a bad mood. We have more inside jokes than I could ever count.
My other best friend and I started out as coworkers. But almost two years, two jobs, and countless moments of 'being there' through the hard stuff, I can't imagine not having her in my life. She constantly reminds me to do what makes me happy & I love her for that.
I've been so lucky to have had some amazing friends who each, in their own way, changed my life. (& they definitely deserve more than a blog shout out)
At this present moment, I could not feel luckier. The people that I surround myself with genuinely care about me and encourage me to do what makes me happy. Sometimes you just need that extra push to make a big decision, or that reassurance that you're doing what's best. Sometimes you just need a friend to make you laugh and remind you to stop taking life so seriously.
...And then there are the rare people that come into your life so unexpectedly and somehow change it for the better. I hate to quote a teen drama, but this line from One Tree Hill really sums it up:
"Most of our lives are a series of images; they pass us by like towns on a highway. But sometimes a moment stuns us as it happens, and we know that this instant is more than a fleeting image. We know that this moment, every part of it, will live on forever."
Treasure those moments & the people who bring them to you.