Today I will be saying goodbye to one of them; I will be taking time to be thankful for the fact that although her life was cruelly cut short, I was lucky enough to have spent time with her and to be inspired by her to just keep on going no matter what.
Lynn took time and effort to look out for me when I was diagnosed with my anxiety and later depression; while some judged or belittled, this lady supported and encouraged - without a hint of bitterness or self pity about her own situation.
As the personification of compassion, Lynn did not differentiate between her physical or my mental illness, she simply rolled her eyes and spoke to me about how she understood how it felt to be stuck inside - especially when all you want is to be able to get out. That's incredible, it still blows my mind.
We will celebrate the next exciting chapter in her life, and no doubt discuss just how lucky her fiancé is to have such a wonderful companion to share the rest of his life with.
No doubt we will throw caution to the wind and have one or two shandy more than usual. Perhaps there will be face painting, or zorbing, or sheep herding (I need to be careful, it's a being kept a secret from bridey!)
Whatever we get up to, I know that on more than one occasion I will look over at the woman by best friend has grown into, and I will be so proud of her and so honoured to have been asked to be a part of her special day.
They are both chances for me to take time and reflect on how lucky I am to have them, the memories they have given me, and the love they have shown. All things that make me who I am, and will continue to mould who I become.
Life is a funny old creature sometimes.
Thanks ladies x
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