When I think about high school, I seem to remember the most about my senior year. My best friend, Krissy, and I were inseparable and felt like we had the world at the tips of our fingertips. We were invincible, unstoppable, and unconcerned with anything that didn't concern us in that self-absorbed way of teenagers. We rocked great tans, had killer bodies, and knew we'd be friends forever. So maybe we were a bit delusional and optimistic, but we sure had a fun time!
Kris and I are still great friends, even though we're separated by over 1,000 miles. So much has changed in the past years ... we ended up taking vastly different paths in life. She lives in our hometown and has 3 beautiful children, while I'm 1,000 miles away and focusing on my career and competing. Our lives couldn't be any more different, yet we still have that strong bond of friendship and respect.
So many people come into our lives at different times, changing us, helping us grow, allowing us to learn and have new experiences. As I've become more involved in the fitness industry, I've met so many people who lead lives similar to mine. I've grown apart from people who don't support my choices and path. And I've also maintained strong friendships with people who lead lives completely different than mine.
I've heard so many stories of women who are torn between old friends who aren't supportive of their lifestyle, and new friends who understand the struggles and victories of competing. It can be sad when friendships end. But I believe if someone is a true friend, and respects you as a person, they will always be happy for you and support you in whatever you do, regardless of how different your paths in life may be.
Think about the people in your life now. Do they support you and believe in you? Do you respect them for who they are? I encourage you to reach out and let those people know how important they are in your life.