Some relationships compliment my life in an “opposites attract” kind of way. However, most of my closest and truest friendships are formed on the “great minds think alike” basis of similarities. When the complimentary styles of contradicting individuals are not too different, they can be the best of friends. When the differences have to do with issues of religion, values, and morals, the relationships often fail. The people pleaser inside of me never let this stand in the way. I have always been the one to make compromises and give up everything I thought or wanted. Not anymore.
Crediting my journey of self-discover in college, I owe many thanks and one apology. First, thank you to those that taught me how to stand up for myself. Thank you for testing my limits throughout my undergraduate career and for competing against me, forcing me to be the best that I could be. Thank you to all the distancers and to anyone else who has ever tried to control me. Thank you for pushing me to my breaking point, leading me to develop enough self-respect to finally put an end to it. Thank you for showing me which relationships would help and which would hinder my life. The only apology I owe is to myself. I’m sorry that it took my entire college career for me to reach this epiphany.