I wanted to take a minute to talk a little about one of my best friends -I met her when I was 14 years old and she has been everything a friend should be for 28 years. I love her dearly. She is the sister I never had.
Her name is Karen and she’s had quite a life. She is blessed with brains, beauty and a wit that is as honed as a Ginsu knife (it never needs sharpening). She has dealt with struggles that I can only imagine in some of my darkest nightmares – but she has pulled through all of them with grace, a humble heart and a cool head.
Her greatest gift to me was that she taught me how to be introspective – to really think and go beyond edges of the box where I was trapped for many years. I always felt a little different but I didn’t realize until my early teens, that there were options other than what I’d experienced thus far. Our friendship has not been perfect – and we lost touch for several years over an incident I cannot quite remember – but we have emerged from that bout of crazy stronger than before.
And she also introduced David Bowie to me – how can that not be up there with “MOST AMAZING DISCOVERIES EVER”?
Her most recent journey has been a struggle with overcoming addiction – and like all things Karen embarks upon, she did it with introspection, grace and style. She dared to share many of her most troubling memories and struggles in order to emerge a stronger person, a more confident parent and a even more loving spouse. I have been following her blog, Alifelessscripted for a while now – and it’s been an incredible and strange experience to read about someone that you have known for so long and that you have great admiration for. It’s also amazing that no matter how ‘well’ you think you know someone, you find that there are many things still left to discover.
pushed encouraged me to start my own blog and has been a faithful ‘fan’ since its inception. Thank you, Karen – I would not have done it without you.
So why am I writing about this? Well, Karen is bidding us adieu in the blogging world – and she explains why here … so if you have a chance – go visit her blog before it’s dust in the wind.
Run for the Shadows in the these Golden Years ~