How has a friend changed you or your perspective on the world this year? Was this change gradual, or a sudden burst? - Martha Mihalick
Another tough question from the #reverb10 folks! I'm trying to think of the most influential friends I have and how they've affected my life. I have so many wonderful friends and so many relationships that I'm thankful for. I'm scraping my brain, trying to think of the "lightbulb moments" that I've had this year. I've learned a lot from my family this year, and I know I've learned some from my friends as well, but I'm coming up blank and my mind is fried. How about I do some shoutouts?
Angela - From you I've seen a living example of what it's like to survive, despite horrific circumstances working against you. You have the patience and perseverance of a saint. When I'm starting to throw myself a pity party, I put things in perspective and think of you. I pray that what you reap after this nightmare is over consists of nothing but blessings and successes.
Haley - I know you're handling this year a lot better than I did during my first year. Sure, I tease you about your freak-outs from time to time, but in comparison to where I started out, I know you have it together. Have confidence and feel good about what you've accomplished - I see nothing but great things from you.
Noelle - I love how ambitious you are, and how ballsy you can be! You are up for anything and you have such an adventurous spirit. You have such an open mind and you're willing to go out on a limb, even if it means looking like a fool. You can laugh at yourself, and when you do, everyone can't help but catch your infectious laugh and smile. You've really taught me what it means to enjoy a deployment.
Trinnie - If I ever need to be reminded of what it means to be a true, reliable, thick-and-thin kind of friend, I look to you. You really are my rock, I can tell you anything, and you love me without judgement. I can depend on you whenever I need you, and that is priceless to me.
If I've left you off this list, please don't be upset. Those individuals stand out to me right now, and my otherwise fried, vacation-ready brain. :)