A Note on the Haters

The title of this post makes me laugh, because it’s not normally how I talk at all and also because I want to write about the people I absolutely love.

I have spent the last two nights with amazing, life-affirming friends who make me feel incredibly lucky. Leaving a great job and striking out on your own with vague dreams of doing “something else” can be entirely terrifying. It can feel like failure. It can make you questions your sense of who you are and what you really want.

Enter the amazing ensemble of friends, families and boyfriend that are my lifeline.

In the last week, these people have supported and rooted for me, they have recommended me and taken the time to check in. They listen and give advice and make me feel like I’m a pretty decent person after all.

Life is too short to spend with anyone other than the people who make you feel alive and loved and cherished and seen. In a lot of ways, being your truest, happiest version of self relies on surrounding yourself with people you like and who like you back. A lot of people say that in a crisis, you’ll learn who your “true” friends are. That may be the case, but I think in a larger way, in a crisis you’ll really learn who YOU are.

And so I have learned this:  I am a very lucky person to have these individuals in my life. And I couldn’t be happier.

Editor’s Note: It was brought to my attention that I did not, in fact, take note of the Haters in this blog post. That’s because they don’t need any mention. They’re not worth your time. Spend your energy and attention on the people, places, things that make you happy. 🙂

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