Life Is a Group Effort

July 11, 2018

I have often thought, and even said out loud, "I can't do this." Through all of my hardships in life, when I didn't think I could go on, I had to entrust in the amazing people around me to pick me up, dust me off, and help me along the way.
In a time when I was faced with a seemingly never-ending diminishing faith in God, the pure, genuine love and example of others helped me to stay afloat. Because of them, I am now doggy paddling my way back to shore.
I wholeheatedly believe that the people in our lives are not there by coincidence. Whether you believe in God, unicorns, or the mystic waves of Mother Nature, something brought you together. Call it what you want — fate, destiny. A horse.

At some times, we are the lifters, and at others, we are the ones being lifted. Regardless of which you are right now, you never have to be the one pushing others down.
I am imperfect. I focus on myself more than I'd like. I have a lot of pent-up bitterness and I accidentally kicked a soccer ball right into a girl's face in like the 3rd grade (I think her glasses broke, yikes). I wasn't as nice to my sister as I should've been when I had the chance. I impulsively order Chip cookies and I don't eat enough salad (it never tastes good when you make it yourself, okay?).
My point is that I know I am not always the greatest at lifting. Especially with Julian and my dad's passings, I have squeezed as much as I can out of my friends. I am trying to be better. I want to be a lifter again too.
To those who have lifted me, over and over and over again: thank you. I love you. I am here for you, even if it seems like you're there for me more often. I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am for you, but hopefully this is a start. You have gotten me through the past few years and I am always willing to repay the favor. Thank you for being a part of my life.
Be a lifter. But don't forget to let others lift you sometimes too. Life is a group effort, and we all need each other.

Yours truly,

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