I've always talked about my friends are such an essential part of my life. I've been known to compare a night out with my girlfriends to a therapy session.
My two friends in particular; Kaethe and Peter with their two children Jaeda and Justen, came to cheer me on as I finished the Spartan Race.
I was coming into the home stretch and I saw Peter and Jaeda - smiling, cheering and yelling for me. I got up from crawling under a barbed wire and saw Kaethe, with tears in her eyes. I said stop crying, and she said she couldn't, she was just so proud of me.
I'm telling you, I have no idea where I would be without my friends.
Earlier that day I had sent Peter a text message, letting him know I was on my way to the race. He responded with this:
"We are proud of you" We (my family) had a big conversation the other day on how beautiful you are. The conversation was initiated by Jaeda but was unanimously agreed upon quickly. You go girl"
When I saw Jaeda at the finish line, she told me I was the coolest adult she knows.
I always focus on the negative way I think people see me (overweight) and should think of the positive influences I am making in people's lives. Both Jaeda and Justen were telling their parents how they want to do something like that when they are older. And if I can inspire kids to challenge themselves physically? I'll continue to do it!
And friends - Love you dearly. I wouldn't be who or where I am today without you. xoxoxo