"You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with" -Jim Rohn.
I think he's got it right. I don't know much about the guy except that he's the author of The Art of Exceptional Living which I've never read but maybe I should someday since he seems to know what's up.
I'm dog sitting at my friend Katy's house this morning. As I was sitting here drinking my coffee, I just looked around me. Katy is quite possibly the most creative friend I have. She has an extremely vivid imagination and can create anything. A piece of furniture, a piece of art, the inspiration for her next tattoo, an idea for a children's book, an eclectic outfit. She's a true artist (whether she knows it or not) and she inspires me.
This got me thinking about that quote and the other 4 people I surround myself with. Who are they and why am I drawn to them?
Megan. She is hard to put into words. She is calm. She is wild. She keeps me grounded and helps me find clarity. She is up for adventure and always down for a good time. She feels connected to the ocean and the desert as well. She is balance. She is love. She is my best friend.
Whitney. She's a fashionista hippie chick if there is such a thing. She has a gypsy soul and an open mind and I love her for it. We tell everyone we met in a bar and she took me back to her place on the first night. That's the truth. Best drunken decision I've ever made.
Meagan. I guess you could say we were almost sister in laws. She had a baby with one brother and I married the other. Everything happens for a reason so maybe they were just the connection we needed for our friendship. She seeks adventure just like I do. Whether it's a trip around the world, a long drive with the windows down and the radio up or trying everything on the menu at a super sketchy Chinese restaurant, she's always down for whatever.
Drew. I've found myself spending more time with this guy lately. When I try to think of words that describe him, I realize that they are the very things that draw me to my closest girlfriends. Creative, grounded, open minded, adventurous.
They say you should surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. If this is true and Jim Rohn is right, then these are qualities I possess as well or atleast desire to.
There are plenty of people I didn't mention who play absolutely vital roles in my life. You know who you are. We have laughed and cried together. We've stayed up all night and talked about everything from the meaning of life to our crazy shananigans. We've shared secrets and dreams and each other's clothing. I've shared my sandwich with you. Maybe even let you sleep in my bed. I am grateful for each and every one of you.
Happy Labor Day!