I got to thinking today about relationships. Not just the whole boyfriend and girlfriend relationship but relationships in general. Some people come into your life so unexpectedly while others leave in the same way. Sometimes you know immidiately that a certain person is going to be really special to you, not just for now, but forever. Other times it takes a while for a friendship to grow and mature before you really realize how important and neccessary a certain person is in your life. Over the past year I have made new friendships, grown in frienships I’ve already had for years, and lost a few of those special people that I thought would always be in my life along the way. What I realized was that no matter what, those people that you thought would matter, well they still do. They’ll hold a special place in your heart for the rest of your life. Sometimes you’d rather them not, but overtime, you’re glad they do because they’re part of your past and part of your past are memories. Memories are what makes life worth while. Those moments you can look back on and laugh, or cry, or just smile and think to yourself, “If only I could go back, just for a day.” Memories make you who you are. They shape you and guide you and help you learn. They help you learn about life and what the journey really is all about. Life is about joy and happiness and unfortunately, heartache and tears. All those things are important in life, because each one of those things are experiences. They’re experiences that you’ll look back on and say “This is why I am who I am.” And so far, I like who I am. So I thank all of you who have made me, me. And I appreciate all those who have been along side of me through this crazy journey called life. You’re all special to me.