Invest In People

“The people who are meant to be in your life will always gravitate back towards you, no matter how far they wander.”

I want you to close your eyes and picture the people in your life who have been an impact. That might be a parent, sibling, friend, or a stranger who made you smile today when no one else would. I believe that everyone crosses paths for a reason. That path might last one second in the grocery store or be a life long friendship that never ends. One of the best pieces of advice I was given was to invest in the people around me. Never take any conversation for granted because every person on this earth has such a unique story. I get so excited when I find stories that are similar to mine or so different that they inspire me to add to my bucket list called life. I want to encourage you to hold ties to the people who have helped you grow. Don’t just let them feed into you, but feed into them because with one simple piece of advice or hello, you can make a change.

My favorite relationships are the ones that never change no matter how long you haven’t talked or seen one another. The best are when I come back from college and see friends who I feel like I just saw yesterday. Those relationships are rare so if you have someone in your life who can take you back in time with just a hug, hold them tight. For example, today I decided to go to my barre class at an odd time that I usually don’t go to. Walking in I saw my old dance teacher who has watched me grow since I started dancing at age nine. I haven’t seen her in almost an entire year and with one hug, a few tears and a long conversation later, I felt like I did when I was sitting in her office talking about school, big tests, boys, health and every bit of drama life offered. She is an inspiring woman who has seen me at my best and my worst. She shows love and passion for the people she invests in everywhere she goes. I have decided that she is someone I want to strive to be like. This morning I told her that she is someone I never want out of my life and want to keep in contact with, whether that is dinner once a month or a few phone calls here and there. That small time taken out of your busy schedule can make the biggest difference.

If you have someone like this in your life, tell them right now how much they mean to you. You never know what conversation will be your last with someone. If you do not have someone in your life who inspires you then be the one that inspires someone and you will see the amazing relationships that will appear. By opening up with my struggling mindset on body image and relationships, I have been able to relate to people I once talked to years ago. I have learned that every conversation is a gift. I never realized how negatively treating my mind and body was hurting the people around me who loved seeing me at my healthy best. You are loved by someone and people care, I promise. I used to not believe people when they said I was eating bad or looked unhealthy. Now I realize that those people who invested in me are still around and cheering me on. I want to be that friend cheering my loved ones forward. I started this today by driving to Bowling Green to have a shortly lived conversation, but the best conversation, with one of my best friends who leaves for Haiti tomorrow. By taking that time to sit and listen to her and for her to listen to me made the best difference in my week. I made a new memory with her and got to pour some love into her before she travels!

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Call that one person who you haven’t seen in years but think about often, drive to have a conversation with someone you care about in person and not just over the phone, and never stop investing in people because you can and will touch someone wherever you go.

| “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” | Galatians 5:13

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