Have you ever had a friend so genuine, honest, brave, and kind that she surpassed the expectations you had for people? The kind of friend who radiates love and spreads positivity down every path she leads? A friend that could put an end to war, crime, hate, and fear if the world was filled with more people like her?
For a short time, I had a friend just like that. Having her by my side, knowing she had my back, made me feel invincible. She gave me a power that was so overwhelmingly beautiful I compared it to every other relationship I had. I knew if I were to ever fall in love, it would have to be with someone who possessed her same qualities. If I were to be a mother, I would need to love my child as kindly and unconditionally as she loved me and every other human being she came across. I knew if I wanted to be a good friend, a good person I would have to be like her.
She has never shown me anything but kindness and understanding. During my many downs, she sat with me and held me while I cried. During my many highs, she again sat with me and held me while I cried. Unknowingly, she has done nothing but empower me from the moment we met. In a world that masquerades the divinity of love, she has shown me what the true meaning of the word is. More importantly, she has shown me what the world truly needs: Love and understanding.
During college, a time many of us feel confused and lost, I came up with the first idea of The Write Dose. I figured I would get around to it once I graduated and actually had some time to sit down and put it all together. But that didn’t happen. Instead, I got a job, or two, and left my dream on a shelf where it long collected heaps of dust. One day, while working at a glorious new job I actually loved and really wanted, I kept finding myself getting anxious, almost having panic attacks in the bathroom every day. At first, I didn’t understand why I felt ungrateful and bratty that I wasn’t finding myself happy at my new job. So I took a step back and I reevaluated what I was feeling and why I was feeling it.
Soon I realized, it wasn’t necessarily the actual job or the people I worked with, it was what I was doing as a job. I wasn’t helping other people. I wasn’t doing anything to make the world a better, more positive place. So I did something some would call crazy or “such a millennial thing to do,” I quit my job and started The Write Dose.
You’re probably wondering where my friend plays a role in all of this? Well, you see, again, she unknowingly played a major role in the creation of The Write Dose. I already had the idea, the name, the concept, but there was more to it than that. I wanted to inspire, encourage, empower, and unite women. Just as my friend inspired, encouraged, and empowered me. I thought everyone needs a Diane. Everyone needs to have a friend that can inspire them and be there for them on their darkest days. Everyone needs someone who understands them and listens to them and holds them while they cry. We all need someone who prevents us from feeling alone and lost in a sea of emotions.
Maybe if I had never met her, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. To be honest, I really don’t think I would be. It has taken me years to become half of the woman she is. To this day, as beautiful as I feel, as loving as I can be, on my best days I will never be as celestial as she is. And that is entirely okay with me because I have something to continuously strive for. I try my hardest every day to be as good of a person as she is. She met me during a time in my life when I was drowning in expectations, self-doubt, fear, and self-indulgence. She showed me light and love and I can only hope to do the same for you. I hope to inspire you, I hope to comfort you, I hope to make you feel wanted, secure, and loved. I want to inspire you to be the best version of yourself possible just as my friend did for me.
She believed in me as I wholeheartedly believe in you.
So here is to you and me, and our glorious new friendship. Here is to you and all of our contributors, and your glorious new friendship. Here is to all of us taking a step forward to better our lives, to inspire other women, and come together to make this world a better, more positive place. Here’s to you!
Published by Brittany Priore
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