Have you ever just stopped and realized that
if you hadn't met a certain person in your life,
your life would be completely different?
This probably happens more than any of us realize. Think about it. How many people have you met, mostly by chance or random circumstances, that have profoundly impacted your life in one way or another? If I really think about it, this has probably happened to me in more ways than even I realize. But, there are a couple of people that truly stand out and who I feel this quote really describes in my life.
The first one would be my friend (and current co-worker) Kira. Without her, I honestly don't think I would have found my way to my job at Fairfield, met so many amazing people who have truly become some of my best friends and found a job that I really enjoy going to each and every day. How many people are lucky enough to be able to say that? I'm not sure but, thankfully, I am one of them. It's hard to imagine where I would be if I hadn't been lucky enough to meet her, establish a friendship and explore the curiosity I had when she mentioned there was an opening at Fairfield.
I'm not sure I can count my family in this category since I didn't really meet them by chance. But, I will say, I am one lucky girl to have the amazing people I do in my life who love me unconditionally. Because, let's be honest, I have had more than my fair share of times when I haven't been all that lovable.... And, my relationship with my brother and the fact that I know he would do anything for me leads me to the next person -
I've mentioned her a few times - my friend Renee'. If you ask her, she will tell you that everything I've accomplished in the last 2 years is all me. However, I really believe that if I hadn't met her when I did and immediately felt what happens when someone from the outside truly cares and takes an interest in you from the start, I don't believe I would have found the success I have been lucky enough to experience. Yes, her knowledge about everything related to fitness and nutrition were the greatest blessings I could have ever asked for in my life when I was trying to figure out how to live a healthy lifestyle. However, I think the main factor was that I felt like someone actually believed I was capable of achieving great things in life. She took so much time to break down my walls. Truthfully I do not know where I would be in life had I not had the privilege of meeting, getting to know and becoming friends with this person who really just the sees great things in every person she meets. How many people do you know that are actually like that? I don't know that many. Very few, in fact. Laughing at myself became something we had in common, even over text message. Still is. I can't think of many other people who can/would take the time to teach a person about food, tolerate (and laugh at) the many pictures from the grocery store as I try to find certain foods (still happens), deal with the insecurities I feel about what I am capable of on many levels, and so much more. More than I could ever list. I'm the person I am today because of our friendship. And I'm thankful every day for that blessing.
Because, truthfully, if nothing else, I've definitely discovered that I inherited more of the Mulvey genes than I ever thought and I have many entertaining thoughts at various times. As more of this piece of my personality comes out, I see more of my mom and my hilarious aunts in me. And I can't think of anyone else I would want to take after in this life,
Life is all about time, events, and the people who make all of the time we have here worthwhile. Although it took me awhile to find the people I want/need in my life, I do believe it all happens for a reason and when it's supposed to. Somewhere, there is a plan. For everyone. Keep the faith. Honestly, I'd lost mine. And I'm so thankful to have found it again.