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photography is [a true friend]

“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.”

I have been watching Merrik develop friendships over the past several years and it recently has been bringing up some sadness for me but hope for deeper, more satisfying friendships.

I see him being cautious as I have always been. Once he makes a friend, he is loyal and sincere with his friendship and doesn’t seem to stray. I have so much admiration for his tactful approach to being ‘friends’ with everyone but still only being giving and nurturing of a deeper friendship with certain people.

I have mostly had the same approach my entire life but have recently realized that not all of my childhood friendships continue to resonate with me. I think back on the many times I’ve been hurt by certain people who were supposedly my friend-even way back when-that I wonder why I continued to open myself to that friendship. Certain flags were always there-bad-mouthing other people in their life and tons of negativity. But I wasn’t able to get past the connection to their popularity. I know the importance of staying true to oneself but to practice it is more difficult.

I can only hope and pray that Merrik and Maliea have more courage to know themselves and confidence for when they doubt to allow for only friendships that brighten their beings and Love that completes their lives.