I never thought I’d be able to say “I know exactly what you mean Justin Bieber” but here I am completely on the same page with him in this interview at 2:20.
Jimmy: “You went and found people and sought after people who are going to change your life and inspire you.”
Justin: “What it was was that I just had a bunch of knuckleheads around me”
We all know that the people we surround ourselves with are not only a reflection of ourselves but a huge influence in our daily lives.
The truth is, a year ago around this time of year, I wasn’t exactly the happiest person. In fact I felt quite alone. Sure, I had people to hang out with and talk to, but I didn’t have people I could really and truly count on or share myself with. Fast forward to today and I’m very happy to say that I have not one but 5 people in my life that I consider to be very important, consistent and impactful figures. I’ve been able to find and keep these individuals who are kind to me and love me for who I am.
I had to lose some people, and I’ve been let go by others simply because we weren’t making each other happy. I’ve hurt and been hurt, I had to get burnt a few times and lose trust. My patience and character had to be tested. I had to figure somethings out for myself. I had to become the kind of woman I want to be, little by little, 1% everyday, to become the kind of friend I wanted for myself. This wasn’t easy and it takes time and great effort. But surprisingly, the people I thought would be my “BFFL” turned out not to be, and the ones I never saw coming have changed me forever.
The 5 VIP in my life know how much they mean to me. I learn so much from each and every one of them. How to pay it forward. What “through thick and thin/ride or die” really means. What a true friend really means.
They like me as a person and enjoy my company, even if I don’t really have anything to “give” them in return. They don’t judge me for what I do or don’t have. They have my best interests at heart and help me in whatever capacity they can. Their attitude and mindset match and push me to challenge expectations, the same way I will call them out on the very standard that they’ve set for me.
These relationships are all rooted in listening, surprise, mutual respect, help and love. I have days where some of my bad habits want to come back out and take over, but they’re there to remind me that I don’t have to be that person. Their patience alone has been generous.
To the 5 of you (you know who you are), Thank you for being you and for being a friend- for your loving, caring and sharing. Knowing you has healed my old wounds and has brought me one step closer to the kind of woman I want to be. The relationships I have with each and every one of you helps me to be confidently authentic, in business and life and for that I am forever grateful. You’ve helped me grow from zero to infinity.
Are you the kind of person you’d want to be friends with?
To healthy mature friendships and more where they came from,
“A true friend accepts you for who you are, but also helps you become who you should be.”
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