Throughout your life, you meet people who seem to stick around forever, through thick and thin. You meet people who become an extension of yourself. In this blog, I will highlight some of the people who are that to me. There are a lot of people in my life who I value and appreciate, and this will not be the only blog I post highlighting such people. For now, here’s a few.
My Parents – Kerry and Dan
First and foremost, my parents are probably the most important people in my life. Without their hard work and devotion to my sister and I, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They taught me how to value myself and to have respect. My dad also gave me my good taste in music, so thanks for that. I love classic rock. They also helped me get to Florida. They made sure that I had what I needed to get down here and start a life for myself. They trusted me to make my own decisions and succeed. Although we are a thousand miles apart, I still think of them every day, and I just want them to know that they are a huge influence on me.
My Sister – Lindsey
I love my sister so much. Although we fought a lot in our younger years, we really grew up to be very close. She shows so much support for me in everything that I do, and I couldn’t thank her enough for it. In addition to just her, I am so thankful for my nephews and niece. The hardest part about being away from home is being away from them. I wish I could be more present while they grow up, but I know that my place is here and building a career for myself. I thank my sister so much for the pictures, the calls, the FaceTimes, and everything else she does to keep me updated and in the know with them.
Caitie has changed my life in a lot of ways. I have talked about her a lot in my other blogs, so I will keep this brief. I met her in college. I remember seeing her at the first Quidditch practice of my sophomore year. It was her first practice ever. After a few weeks, we just hit it off and became best friends in no time. What really made our bond strong was the book we started writing, the book that is almost ready to go to a publisher. It’s been a long journey full of lots of tears and many more laughs, but without her, I don’t think my life would look the way it does today.
Greg has been a blessing in disguise for me. I met him about a year ago, and I am so glad that I did. Before him, I can’t say I had any super close friends here in Florida. Of course, I had good friends that I hung out with and all that, so please don’t get offended if you’re reading this and we are friends, but what I am talking about is a family. In college, I had a family: my quidditch team. We did everything together. For a year and a half, I was missing that. Then I met Greg, and after a while he opened the door to his family here who have in turn become my family as well. I was at a point after my most recent relationship where I considered packing up my stuff and just going home. I felt beaten up and defeated. I really had nothing to stay here for other than my job, which just wasn’t enough. I fought through a couple more months, and I’m glad that I did. Since I’ve grown to know Greg, Matt and Brian, I couldn’t even consider leaving here.
Matt has been a very special person to me. He is part of the family that Greg introduced me to. It took a bit for us to get to know one another, but we got close very quickly once it sparked. He is honestly one of the funniest people I know, if not the funniest. But aside from his humor, he is just real. He wears his emotions on his sleeve, and he tells it like it is. I have so much respect for him. He is also very good at bringing out the best in people. In the short time of knowing him, I think I have grown a lot as a person. I look up to him a lot and admire him greatly. Matt and I are also working on a book series together, which I am super excited about. I can also thank him for introducing me to his best friend Stephanie, who is now my best friend… so thanks, Matty. Just kidding, that was a joke to poke at him. In all honesty, he is one of the most amazing people I know, and I am blessed that he is a part of my family here.
Brian is also part of my family down here in Florida. He is married to Matthew. I look up to Brian a lot. He is very calm and collected under pressure and seems to have an answer to everything. He’s a lot like me in that he is very easygoing. He’s very laid back and doesn’t usually care what’s going on as long as everyone is together. I am the same way. He is also the type of person that will be there for you if you need something. He’s so genuine, and I admire that about him.
Those are some of the important people in my life. There are many more, and I will definitely be writing more blogs like this to talk about them, so don’t feel bad if you aren’t in this one. If you want to share anyone that is important to you, I would love to read it in the comments. Thanks for reading, everyone!
Hasta La Pasta,