Welcome to Women’s History Month! I am taking inspiration from Sara Bareille’s newsletter and am using this month as a platform to celebrate the women in my life that inspire me, that motivate me, that love me and that show me strength.
I met Katie my Freshman year of High School, I was new to the city and was a very different Julie back then. I’m not quite sure who spoke to who first, but I do remember quickly being inseparable. Teenage-Julie was not the kind of friend you needed in your life, teenage-Julie was the kind of girl your parents warned you about and Katie’s parents definitely warned her. I was the forbidden friend, the friend that they hated, the bad influence, the friend who had nothing but dangerous ideas and Katie loved me through it all.
Not only did she love me through it, she brought me into her family (I eventually wore her parents down). When I met Katie I gained a group of sisters and a whole other set of parents that were ready to love me through my crazy. Believe me when I say: I cannot emphasize just how crazy I was.
I’ve always looked up to Katie and I aspired to be like her my entire High School journey. She was smarter than I was, she was more responsible than I was and she was a lot funnier than I was. She was everything I wanted to be and so much more, truth is not a lot has changed since then.
Quite honestly, I’m not exactly sure where I would be if I hadn’t found Katie. She keeps me level-headed when I ramble my way into complicated circles, she allows my anxiety to go wild while always there ready to catch me when I try to go off the deep end, she makes me laugh when the tears won’t stop falling and no matter how long we go without seeing each other, she always feels like home.
I know she handles it all with grace but Katie has not always had it easy; her life is tumultuous and constantly chaotic. She juggles one hundred things at once, she carries everything on her shoulders, she seldom complains and she does it all with a beautiful smile on her face.
Katie has taught me how to keep calm. Sure, I’m not always good at it but I always try my best. Katie reminds me to laugh in the most difficult at times and when I had to face our friend’s funeral last year, she is the only person I could think of that would keep me calm.
Katie and I are currently a few cities away, our meet-ups have months and months between them and life continues to get in our way but I know that through it all, I will always have my forever friend 50 minutes away.