Lean On Me

14 Jan

We are now two weeks into the new year.  By this point, most people have done their evaluations of 2009, made (and broke) their new year’s resolutions, and moved on.  I, on the other hand, find it impossible to move on just yet.

2009 was the best of years and the worst of years for me.  There were struggles at the beginning, middle, and end.  In fact, it was the most difficult year of my life.  Many would wonder how I could consider the most difficult years of my life one of the best.  I guess it comes down to the fact that it is during your most difficult trials that you realize all that you really do have.  And 2009 was the year that I came to find all of the amazing people in my life.

It was in the simple words spoken and the thoughtful gestures, the phonecalls when I’m feeling complete broken, the long drives to save me when I need rescuing that I realized how much I truly am love, who my true friends are.

So thank you, first of all, to the friend who knew I was going through a tough spring and sent me a little “have fun” package including a restaurant gift card and one for blockbuster video.

Thank you to the person who sent me a picture of a birthday cake on my birthday because he knew the day had been horrendous and wanted to make me smile (and have a cake, because everyone deserves a birthday cake).

Thank you to the amazing friend who came and rescued me in Minneapolis when I called her at 4 AM because I was stuck in a horrible situation with a douchebag man and had no place to go.

Thank you to the people who take care of me and made sure I was safe when I would try to medicate my hurting heart with a trip to the bar.

Thank you to the person who helped bring back the joy of my childhood by giving me tickets to Disney on Ice for Christmas.  It was honestly one of the best gifts ever.

And last, but certainly not least, thank you to the person who gave me person who gave me the one of the most life-changing gifts ever.  Knowing that my family life has been very strained and that I was not looking forward to the holidays, this person helped make it possible for me to reconnect with my father and go visit him.  I hadn’t seen my father in years, and hadn’t had a real conversation with him in as long.  Thanks to this dear friend, I am now rekindling my relationship with my father, growing much closer to him.

I will be eternally grateful to all of these peoples, and will probably be looking for ways to repay them for years to come.

Keeping all of this in mind, I suggest that we all add to our list of resolutions to show our friends and family how much we appreciate them and be there when they need us the most.  I know that I will be.

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