“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow”.

Hey there dudes and dudetts, I hope all is well with you. This morning I  was scrolling through my IG and read this quote under someone’s picture for a birthday post they had done for their best friend. This quote made me smile but make me think long and hard about the people I call my friends and the friend that I have become. As I make this list of friends I realized that some of the people I called my friends weren’t really friends. They are just people who wandered into my life and stayed by default or perhaps even the other way around. My list concluded with six people, two men and four women who have been in my life for years. These men and women have seen me at my best moments and loved me through my worst. Each of these people has saved my life in one way or another as I struggle with the depression and bipolar disorder. Usually, I like to keep my diagnosis private but at some point, you should talk about it. They have all talked about it with me.  They have all held my hand and walked me through dark moments until I saw the light. Some may have understood the illness better than others but most importantly they loved and understood me as I tried to piece together what was happening. I have also been there for each of them in one way or another. I love them all and cherish them as the God-sent gifts they are. I appreciate them all for who they are and pray I get to spend many more years with them as we all follow the path God intended for us.

I encourage you all to reach out to those who you call a “friend” to let them know you love them, you appreciate them and you are thankful for them. Also, remember to let God know you love and appreciate him. Thank him once again for those wonderful friends and family members he has blessed you with. Thank him for getting you through the dark moments and giving you those amazing moments.  On that note, peace love and daylight. I’m out!