Life can be excruciatingly painful.
While doing my undergraduate degree in business, I was diagnosed with major depression.
Working 6 days a week in a toxic environment, I provided for myself as best I could while studying full time.
No days off.
I lived the word #hustle so much that it was my first tattoo.
And I can tell you first hand that going years without rest wears on a person's mind and body.
It also drains on relational equity.
The faithful few supported as best they could.
Some friendships deteriorated as I experienced betrayal, while I pushed others away with my own anger.
Thankfully, I had key friendships throughout Undergrad and more post-grad who offered opportunities to transform spiritually, physically, and financially.
Sure, things didn't change overnight, and I am a continual work in progress.
If we're honest, we know that we all have growth to do.
We always will.
Yet, I can testify to the importance of good influences in my life to make the best choices for my well being overall.
Some days are grrrrrrrreeeeaaaat!
..well, not so much.
In the highs and lows though, it's good to know I have faithful friends in my corner.
For that, I am truly grateful.