This isn't really a "yoga" inspired quote, but more so to remind me of who I am, who I want to be, and how strong I REALLY am!
It's been one year, today. I can’t believe how fast a year has passed. Maybe it was all the weddings? Maybe it was my new job? Maybe it was my new found passion for yoga? It’s probably all of these things, but one thing I know for certain, it was the incredible amount of love and support I got from ALL my family and friends!
The old ones were considerate and gave support; the new ones listened and were accepting. ALL of them gave me more love than I’ve ever received. I am so thankful for all of you in my life. You’ve made it a lot easier…and I LOVE each and every one of you.
As I continue through my journey and my life, your support will keep me grounded, your love will encourage me, and your friendship is what keeps me striving to be the best I can be!
In kindergarten your idea of a good friend was the person who let you have the red crayon when all that was left was the ugly black one.
In first grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went to the bathroom with you and held your hand as you walked through the scary halls.
In second grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you stand up to the class bully.
In third grade your idea of a good friend was the person who shared their lunch with you when you forgot yours on the bus.
In fourth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who was willing to switch square dancing partners in gym so you wouldn't have to be stuck do-si-do-ing with the dork of the class.
In fifth grade your idea of a friend was the person who saved a seat on the back of the bus for you.
In sixth grade your idea of a friend was the person who went up to your new crush, and asked them to dance with you, so that if they said “no” you wouldn't have to be embarrassed.
In seventh grade your idea of a friend was the person who let you copy the social studies homework from the night before that you had forgotten about.
In eighth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who helped you pack up your stuffed animals and old baseball cards so that your room would be a "high schooler's" room, but didn't laugh at you when you finished and broke out into tears.
In ninth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who went with you to that "cool" party thrown by a senior so you wouldn't wind up being the only freshman there.
In tenth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who changed their schedule so you would have someone to sit with at lunch.
In eleventh grade your idea of a good friend was the person who
gave you rides in their new car,
convinced your parents that you shouldn't be grounded,
consoled you when you broke up with your significant other
and found you a date to the prom.
In twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who
helped you pick out a college,
assured you that you would get into that college,
helped you deal with your parents who were having a hard time adjusting to the idea of letting you go.
At graduation your idea of a good friend was the person who was crying on the inside but managed the biggest smile one could give as they congratulated you.
The summer after twelfth grade your idea of a good friend was the person who
Helped you clean up from that party.
Helped you sneak out of the house when you just couldn't deal with your parents.
Assured you that now that your significant other were back together, you could make it through anything.
Helped you pack up for college and just silently hugged you as you looked through blurry eyes at 18 years of memories you were leaving behind.
And finally on those last days of childhood, went out of their way to come over and send you off with a hug, a lot of memories and reassurance that you would make it in college as well as you had these past 18 year.
But most importantly sent you off to college knowing you were loved.
Now, your idea of a good friend is still the person who gives you the better of the two choices.
Holds your hand when you're scared.
Helps you fight off those who try to take advantage of you.
Thinks of you at times when you are not there.
Reminds you of what you have forgotten.
Helps you put the past behind you but understands when you need to hold on to it a little longer.
Stays with you so that you have confidence.
Goes out of their way to make time for you.
Helps you clear up your mistakes.
Helps you deal with pressure from others.
Smiles for you when they are sad.
Helps you become a better person.
However most importantly loves you!
These are two amazing emails I received today from my best friends...Thanks again <3
"Quotes that remind me of how strong you have been!
"Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
—Louisa May Alcott
“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.”
"A strong woman walks sure footedly, but a woman of strength knows when to ask for help."
"A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey, but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong."
These all remind me of you. One year already, and not only have you handled it with strength and courage, but also with a LOT of grace. Love you xoxo"
Just read your status and I cannot believe its been a year. I know this may not be my place to say this, but I am really proud of you. You have shown incredible strength, grace and dignity in the face of such heartbreak and that to me shows what an incredible (and strong) person you are. Just wanted to let you know that I am thinking of you and sending you lots of good positive thoughts and love."