WIth every passing year we begin to reflect on the passing year and thoughts and hopes of the upcoming year.  2017 was not the best year for many and tested their strength, resilience and friendships.   An individuals true colors come to light when put under stressful situations.  

I was once told by one of my husband cousins that I would only always be a girlfriend.  I remember this quite vividly like it was yesterday yet it was over 20 years ago.  I have decided, along with many others, that family does not always consist of blood relatives.  We have seen this by how some relatives have treated others.  

I have had friends suffer the loss of parents, grandparents, friends, siblings and children.  Friends have rallied around to show their support in every way possible.  There is nothing anyone can say that will ever eliminate the pain but hopefully the support will help ease it enough to help them get through to the next day.  I have also had other friend endure life altering experiences.

This past year has been one of many troublesome events for many..  I am continually surprised and amazed concerning the support of friends.  It truly makes an incredible difference when recovering or coping with a difficult event or task.  I am also truly disappointed with the lack of same from individuals that you thought were your friends,  Again their true colors and judge mental attitude come to light.  Tired of putting myself out there for friends only to be disappointed.  The people that you can count on regardless of what is going on.... those are my people.  They know who they are.  Life throws curves balls at us constantly.  I have seen many handle with grace and dignity.  You have shown the rest of us how strong you truly are without knowing it and shown by example how to handle adversity.