But, I learned. I experienced. Firsthand and often brutally, I would say. There were times I thrived and there were times I fell apart but no matter what circumstances I found myself faced with, I could look to my left and to my right - in front of and behind me - and find myself surrounded by people who love and support me fiercely.
Jordyn, whom I formed a deep connection with before we even moved in. A lover and an encourager and the best hugger ever, I might add. My Maddie, my hilarious and altogether beautiful roommate who gives the best advice with the most gracious heart and can make me belly laugh no matter how my day has been. Carrie, a deep, sensitive, and understanding soul with the most amazing gift for listening and saying all the right things at all the right times. Paige, an energizer and supporter who goes out of her way to do the little things and do them well...whether it be a hello or a hug. Julia, the girl with the most beautiful smile and ability to hold people accountable. Her laugh is infectious and I desperately wish her motivation was too. ;) Amy, oh sweet Amy...who has facetimed, called, and/or texted me at ALL the hours. The selfless best friend I've been so blessed to know for all these years. My person. My people.
And that's not even all of them.
A powerful and amazing thing happens when you surround yourself with the right people - ones who support you, challenge you, and crack you up all at the same time. A 'thing' so powerful that doing so radically changes your life. Pursuing those people, being vulnerable, and learning the true value of friendship comes along with those things...and so do sweet, sweet (+often hilarious), memories.
One of my all time favorite quotes says,
"Associate only with positive, focused people who you can learn from and who will not drain your valuable energy with uninspiring attitudes. By developing relationships with those committed to constant improvement and the pursuit of the best that life has to offer, you will have plenty of company on your path to the top of whatever mountain you seek to climb."
And this morning, as I head into my first surgery and what already feels to be such a daunting + challenging season, I just want to document how blessed I am to have these beauties. Oh, how blessed I am to have these beauties conquering my mountains with me.