I have had a lot of time to reflect on Listen, Lucy and all of the incredible submissions I have received so far. I am in total awe of the brave people who have shared their stories and the support I have been receiving from friends, family and complete strangers for me telling mine. I have been wanting to post but have not be able to find the words I have been looking for in order to properly get my message out there. I think I have found them now.
I have read through the entire Listen, Lucy blog again and have been brought to tears over the struggles so many are facing. I know that feeling in the pit of your stomach where you feel like you can’t figure out which way to move. I have seen a lot of different themes throughout the different entries—pain, heartbreak, losing yourself, admitting your flaws and eventually—success. Through all of the different stories I have read I have found one common thread that has led to these people getting to the light at the end of their tunnel--- their support system.
In a majority of these stories, people have thanked their friends, family, classmates, peers and coworkers for being this rock of support that they couldn’t have triumphed without. It has really got me thinking about how important it is to surround yourself with really good people.
I know I talk about my dad a lot and the different things he has told me throughout life—I always knew he was a smart guy but I didn’t know how much his words have impacted me until I started writing again. He has always told me it is okay to make mistakes—because everyone does. Big mistakes, small mistakes—they are all inevitable. But there are a few decisions that you have to get right. One of those decisions is the company you keep.
Tough times in your life cause you to question yourself—your strength, your character and your path you are going down. Your friends, family and significant others should lift you up when you are down. They should show you support and love and care. They should make you laugh. Take a look around at the people you keep close to you. How do they make you feel about yourself? How do they feel about themselves? Do they enrich your life or weigh you down?
I want to thank my support system—my incredible family who has always been there for me. My hilarious and unbelievably supportive friends who believe in me more than I could ever believe in myself and my brand new husband—who is not brand new to my life—you have always been the greatest partner. When it comes to the company I keep in my life—I like to think I nailed it.
I want to leave you with a quote I came across once-- “You become like the 5 people you spend the most time with…Choose wisely.”