Lately I have been thinking about how fortunate I am to have so many amazing friends, family members, coworkers and creatures all around me. Whenever I feel alone in the world or start to get down on myself, I have to stop and remember how much love is around me- even though I am not in a relationship. Instead, I have many different types of meaningful relationships, including the one I am developing with myself.
When I moved to Boston I only knew one person, but that didn’t discourage me from jump-starting a new life and career. Within the first week of moving here I secured a full time position, found a welcoming place to live and even made some new friends. Four months later, I am finally feeling “home” in this beautiful New England city- but I never forget the friendships I have made along the way.
The people I have met over the years are very special to me; since I have lived in many different cities across the US, I have met some amazing people from all over the world. After college I moved to San Francisco, gained my independence away from the comfort of home, fell in love with the Giants and met some of the most inspirational people I have ever known. I hold the City by the Bay near and dear to my heart, including the people, sports, and businesses in it. In 2012 I discovered a little company called Kika’s, an artisan chocolate company based in SF. I had mentioned how delicious their treats were to a dear friend, who apparently remembered this years later.
After a hectic day, I came home from work the other evening to find a box in my entryway. With no idea what it was or who may have sent it, I opened it to find a lovely selection of chocolates- from Kika’s Treats! The note accompanying it warmed my heart:
“Share your aspirations only with those who will support you, not those who will respond with doubt or lack of interest.”
I could barely remember the name of the delicious chocolates I fell in love with years before, but one of my closest friends did! His note that came along with the chocolates perfectly described our friendship, and how I have been feeling lately: supported.
Love is not always romantic or passionate- love is kindness and support. Love is genuine interest, concern and caring for another being. Today, I am able to see love all around me- from the sun coming up in the morning to a stranger offering me their seat on the bus. Thanks to the hope of friendship and kind strangers, I will remember to find love and magic through moments of doubt, turn my fear into faith and remember those who support me, not those who doubt my dreams.