A letter for my friend, Sara M.
October 3rd, 2012 | SarahLove
When Sara reaches her weight loss goals she rewards herself with letters that she has written to her future self. I wanted to write one to her, the person that is transforming right before our very eyes.
Dear Sara M,
You make me so incredibly proud.
I hope this letter finds you doing whatever it is that makes you most happy. It’s a nice day where you are located and right now I imagine you on a beautiful walk or enjoying a bosque bike ride. Regardless of what you are doing, I know you are concentrating on being thankful for all the things you have.
Sometimes in life people have to get to the point of rock bottom so they can use that as a foundation from which to build something solid. Maybe I am out of line to say that at some point you hit rock bottom but I strongly feel that you hit a point in your life where you faced the fears of your mind and somewhere deep inside of your soul you told yourself that you were ready for change. To look back and see how far you have traveled to where you are now must make you feel renewed. You have always been kind, sweet and giving. Sometimes giving so much that you forgot to save some goodness for yourself. However, somewhere along this journey (that you are still on) you also did something that just blows my mind. It’s as if you grabbed your life up from the ground, really looked at it and proclaimed: I am worth it. And you are.
I want to brag to people and say, ‘That girl over there, yeah… that one. She is my friend. I’ve known her for most of my life. In elementary school my mom sewed our cheer leading outfits, in middle school she made me laugh and in high school her house was a refuge for me on days that I didn’t want to go home. In many ways, she saved me.’ (Thanks to your mom and dad.) As far as friendships are concerned, one thing I know you can agree on is that it’s so much more than the quantity of time. It’s about the quality of those memories. Together we have loved, lost, laughed, cried, shared ideas and worked on helping others. We bake perfectly round cookies but are terrible at baking banana bread. We are both blessed to have many friends that we love and they love us back. And since no other time is a better time than the present, I want you to know that I have no other friend that is like you. So, when you have those days when things are looking grim or you might just feel kinda down, just know that someone out there is being taken back by the wonderful, beautiful thoughts of you. That person is me, your friend.
You inspire me.
PS And now I have to thank Travis. For documenting us in such a way that I will forever cherish.
Dear friends and followers (by followers I mean all three of you. ),
When I pulled up to Sara’s house we were both wearing hearts on our shirts and it reminded me of when we had to dress alike when we were on the dance/drill team together in high school. It was perfect. Although, I must admit- I didn’t recognize her because she has lost 80 pounds. Yes, e i g h t y. Her secret? Exercise and eating healthy.
I love this girl.
Sara is just as beautiful as always but she is radiating with such happiness now!
To celebrate her birthday, she posted thirty three things that brought her happiness on facebook. She shared images of reading her favorite childhood book, building a fort in her house, jumping of a swing and rolling down a gigantic grassy hillside. I commented and mentioned that if she wanted a round two of the hill rolling, we could go together. She obliged.
Imagine watching this to the Bennie Hill theme song. We laughed so hard we cried.
My natural OCD kicked in and my rolling was lame to watch. So, I won’t bother posting it. That and I look like I am about to puke. Well, kinda like this guy.
You might be wondering who that is. Lemme tell you what happened. A group of city workers saw Sara roll down [they were on lunch break, in case you were getting uptight about your tax dollars hard at work ] and they were also inspired by her! Minutes later we encouraged them to roll down the biggest, sloped side of the hill. I still can’t believe we got three out of the four to participate!!! And as a challenge they only spoke broken English so my Spanglish totally came in handy. (Thanks mom!)
Hill rolling is not the safest thing to do so remember:
See Sara, You don’t only just inspire me. There are so many others. You are ‘
king queen of the world!!!!’ Hugs!!