First Lady Michelle Obama has stated: "We should always have three friends in our lives—one who walks ahead who we look up to and follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journey; and then, one who we reach back for and bring along after we’ve cleared the way."
I am very sexist when it comes to this statement, I seem to just think of my close "girlfriends" when thinking this through...LOL. (Although, my hubs is my best friend, too.)
I know, above and beyond, the friend that I look up to; her name is Kathy Randall, KR. She lives in New Orleans and since meeting her and seeing the life she lives--through actions, not words, my life has become a better life. I have learned that you do not do things to get credit for them...you do them because it is the right thing to do or to make a change--a change for the better--for someone, something, or someplace...or just for yourself.
My friend that walks beside me will always be Christie Arnold, C2. All the things in my life that have mattered for the most part, good and bad, we have shared. She is the best friend that all of us want and so few of us ever get. I am honestly blessed! Time between our chats and visits may be long sometimes...but we pick right back up where we were, as if no time has expired.
Picking someone I reach back for was hard. I like to think since I have 2 hands I can reach back for 2 people and those would be my 2 girls, Catarina and Claudia. I like to think that all the mistakes that I have made gives me the wisdom to share with them, so that they never have to make those mistakes in their life. I know they will stumble, but if they learn anything from me, I hope it's that one can fall, but is only a failure when they don't try again.
I am very fortunate to have many friends, a lot with in my own family, and I learn so much from all of them. I believe, in all aspects of our life, it takes a village...and that we should all work on ours.