Good friends are awesome to have especially those who cheer you on, make you laugh and inspire you. I am lucky to have some great friends who do just that. As part of this journey which is turning out to be a pleasant one I am encouraged to write about gratitude. Today made me think about two friends in particular who have been a part of my life for almost 10 years. In that time there have been some ups and downs for all us but we come together and support one another even if it is just listening. Not only have these two provided a solid support network they also help me learn about myself. The valuable lesson is that I am not alone and this is important because in the past I had a tendency to be introverted especially when feeling low. It was a weird kind of coping mechanism that took time and quite a bit of therapy to understand and work my way through. Today I am a much different person and I am grateful for that but especially grateful for my good friends who remind me without saying a word that you don’t have to go it alone.