Whatever it is that persuades the universe to bring certain people into our lives, I can reflect on my life thus far and be so so thankful for the people who have come into mine. They have not all been good, but have taught me things about myself, and allowed me to have experiences and get through parts of my life that have made me who I am today. I can’t really go back in my past and pinpoint any one person I wish I had never met. And that may be surprising for those of you who know me.
That being said, 7 years ago I was going into school to set up my classroom before the first day. As I passed the classroom next to mine, I see this thin, tan, pretty, young girl up on a ladder, decorating a bulletin board. I said hello as I passed and she smiled and came down to meet me, full of excitement and naivete. She was one of my new teammates and I still remember my first thought being, “Really? This cute, peppy girl?” (as I reflected on the 15 pounds I wanted to lose and being closer to 40 than 30…).
But just like that, we were inseparable. We instantly hit it off. She was fun, funny, and challenged me to be a better teacher and leader. She became my roommate and one of my very closest friends. A confidant, a party-pal, a TV binge-watching, popcorn-eating buddy and fellow wine lover. I stood beside her as she got married. We’ve vacationed together and go on double dates. I still tease her that I could be her mother, and I love her like family. I’d even say I’ve watched her grow up these past 7 years.
I don’t work with her anymore nor do we live as close as we once did. So times like today, when I get to spend a few hours with her, I remember to appreciate how the universe brought this kindred soul into my path. I heard you loud and clear, universe.