People can surprise you in the strangest ways. They can be people that hardly know you or they could be your best friend. I recently gained an odd friendship that has taught me a lot about myself. Most people know that I am super outgoing, kinda weird and love new experiences. What people may not understand is that I typically stay in a box of comfort. I don't let people in all that easily regardless of how outgoing I may be (sometimes surface level is all I expose). Dancing in public? Not my thing. Having someone shout loud expressions while in public about me? No thank you. (And many of you may not understand those inside jokes, but you get where I'm going with this. It's uncomfortable). But recently I have learned that doesn't really matter. I am not sure why for so many years I have cared what people think of me. I let their judgements define who I am. I do not want to be that person. I want to be proud of who I am and who I surround myself with. I have learned that your truest and most genuine friends will always build you up and hold you accountable. They will not tear you down and speak poorly of you. Quality not quantity. This new friendship I have gained is filled with so much joy and happiness. That's what every relationship in your life should be like. Will there be hardships and struggles? Of course. Will you bicker and argue at times? Yes. But no matter what, it should always be genuine, honest, forgiving and kind. This will help build confidence in your life. It may not give you all the confidence you need to feel happy and content, but that comes from God. You cannot find that anywhere else. It does help when you have people surrounding your life and influencing you to be better. I will agree with that. I feel like I am all over the place but that's what this is for, right? I jot down what I am thinking, how I am feeling, what is moving me and just go with it! I'm thinking y'all are pickin up what I'm puttin down.