Everybody needs a rock. Someone who not only remains stable and grounds them in times of anguish, despair and heartbreak; but someone who encourages, celebrates and enjoys your successes. These people offer a comfort few can offer us. The promise of not only tomorrow, but forever. The promise that they will never, ever leave your side.
My rock embodies this in every way.
People say that life long friends start in childhood. But I disagree. Yes, I do believe some people are fortunate enough to meet someone at a very young age, sometimes from birth, and remain friends their entire lives. However, I also believe that you can meet lifelong friends in all stages of your life.
Our lives are more than just hours, days and years. They are memories, compiled like chapters in a tell-all novel. These chapters are carefully crafted through experiences, actions and emotions. You will meet a variety of people, some of which will just pass through. Others who will stick around. You could find a lifelong friend.
I found a very special lifelong friend at a relatively young age; 8 or 9 I do believe. We both competed in the same sport. For a while, we would just engage in polite chit chat and small encouragements at competitions. But over time, we began to slowly develop and nurture a truly magical bond. We can go for lengthy periods of time without speaking, but when we do, it's like nothing has changed. I know that no matter where or how far away life takes me, she will always be there for me.
People say soul mates are people of the opposite sex that you have a romantic entanglement with. I, on the other hand, believe soul mates can be best friends. People you couldn't imagine your life without. Those you know you can be brutally honest with and know, they will never leave. They will accept your truths and call you out on your bullshit. They will always take your side, after they have told you how stupid your being, just so when it all goes to shit you can't say "why didn't you warn me?!" The people you can talk to for hours and never run out of things to talk about. Or you sit together in a comforting silence, really taking in each others energies and presence.
I am so grateful and humbled to have my rock in my life. She is the reason I am here. The reason I've got the life that I do. I know she will never understand the depth of my love and admiration for her. And that's ok. But I can only hope that one day, she sees exactly how amazing she is.