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Friends for a Lifetime

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Friends Together At Last

I met two of my very best friends on the same day in December 2001.  We were all doing a stint of employment with the Department of Social Services (DSS).  Who knew that a bond would be formed that would develop into a lifetime friendship.  We grew up worlds apart from each other and would probably have never met other than all deciding to take a position at DSS.

Enjoying a great meal between great friends.
Besties having fun!

We met last night at the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse in Columbia, SC.  We had a wonderful time.  When we’re together we pick up right where we left off.  We can and have gone months without talking or seeing each other but we all know that if anyone of us need the others we will be right there.  Last night was a culmination of sixteen years of friendship.  There was laughter all night long while catching up on each other’s lives.

My Admiration for My Friends

I am so very proud of both ladies.  They have forged ahead charting courses through life that counter their childhood environment.  The defied the odds against them – one a teen-aged mother and the other from a single parent home.  These are the determinants that society would have someone living in low-cost housing, a fatherless home, or drug addict parents to believe.  Today’s society is quick to tell our youth they are unlovable, undesirable, and will never amount to anything.  But I submit to society these two women.

Great meal with great friends.
Great meal with great friends.

These women are not an exception, by that I mean, if you possess the qualities of these women you too can achieve your dreams.  My friends dreamed big and then developed a plan to achieve those dreams.  They possess determination and confidence within themselves to know they can achieve their dreams.  They possess a work ethic to go back to school to earn their master’s and even a doctorate degree.  Even in complicated times their determination was unwavering.

Achieving Dreams

To the young people who are living in environments that are less than desirable.  Your environment does not have to dictate the rest of your life.  I ask you to dream big.   Think outside of your neighborhood, community, and even state.  What is it that you want to be in life?  Devise an action plan.  How and what do you need to do to achieve your dreams?  Find a mentor or counselor that will keep you accountable.  Write your dreams everywhere.  Lastly, never give up on you.  You are the greatest factor in this equation called life.

To Alesia and Tywana, thank you.  Thank you for being a friend to me and I love you both beyond words.  I am grateful for our friendship and I’m thinking a girl’s trip is in order sometime in the near future.

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