Some people come into our lives and quickly go... Some stay for awhile and leave footprints on our hearts and we are never ever the same. That's from a poem I have always liked, entitled Some People. It is so true. Tonight I spent the evening out with two friends who have definitely left their footprints on my heart. They are some of the best people I know, my friends Deb & Dawn. You see, Dawn is leaving tomorrow for California, embarking on a new phase of her life. She is relocating to sunny San Diego. I am both envious and melancholy. I'm excited for her but will miss her. Deb and I hang together once in a while but we only recently had the opportunity to reconnect with Dawn. I'm so grateful that we did. It seems that no matter how long we've been apart, we just pick up where we left off. We are kindred spirits.One line from the poem says, "They celebrate the true essence of who we are...and have faith in all that we may become." I am a better person for knowing them and having fought the good fight with them (working to end domestic and sexual violence).
Another friend, my awesome 'Paign teammate, Towanda Steel, recently took off for Australia. Although I have only known Towanda, a/k/a Kelly, for about 20 months, she too left her mark on my heart. I had no idea just how much the 'Paign would come to mean to me. Kelly, along with all my 'Paign teammates, was right there with me through the roughest time of my life, my breast cancer fight. What cancer does is force you to focus, to prioritize and realize what's important. Staring death in the face taught me just how much my family and friends mean to me. I prioritized just being with them. Being around the people I love made my fight bearable as I knew that they always had my back, no matter what. At times I wanted to give up but they wouldn't let me. They saved my life.
So I hope that both Dawn and Kelly know how much I love and miss them. I will be keeping them in my thoughts through their travels and new adventures. And Dawn better believe that Deb and I are planning that vacation as San Diego is my happy place!