She’s been in my life from the very beginning yet I feel as if I’m just getting to know her.
Those fortunate enough to be considered close friends knew that she was often subjected to playing a role for someone else; be it for family tradition, religious reasons or just plain ol’ wanting to keep everyone else happy at the sacrifice of the very essence of her being.
Fast forward a few years and life experiences later she finally decided to chart a different path and take a chance at living life for herself. The courage that it took to walk away from certain situations even when she was unsure of the outcome, try the things she often shied away from, face her demons head on and dig deep on a personal journey of redefining herself has been the greatest inspiration.
Of course there have been a few bumps and bruises along the way but what’s life without those!
The core of who she is still stands firm in the old-fashioned way she was raised with faith and love at the forefront but now leaves room for the free spirit that was just dying to get out and live a little. A genuine being through and through, people like her are rare in these days and times.
Funny how I always said I wanted to be like her when I grew up. Now I am her. And the journey continues.