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Growing up, I was a very outgoing person. The kind of person who would make friends in an INSTANT. Then, once I switched schools, my personality changed. I became quieter, shyer, and eventually anxious when it came to being social -- and this is something that still follows me today. Despite these obstacles, I still made life-long friends at my old school and now even in college. My friends back home are there for me through literally EVERYTHING and my college friends are the exact same way. They are more than friends to me -- they are family. I truly don't know how I got so lucky for them to be in my life and what I would do without them. They truly keep me on the right track and make sure that despite what my brain might be telling me, everything is ok. And I am going to be fine. Which leads me to the main reason I wrote this blog post...like I said previously, my friends help me through EVERYTHING and give me advice for everything going on in my life. 2017 has been the hardest year of my life. Easily. I have been through more stuff this year than I HAVE MY WHOLE LIFE. I would run to my friends to help me when I felt that everything was falling apart and they would give me advice that would make any situation instead of a level 1000 a level 5. When I wrote my past blog posts about loving and choosing yourself, my friends helped me get to those conclusions. It was not something that I just magically achieved by myself or eventually came to. I needed someone to show me the way. They helped me to learn to choose myself and to not settle for less. I truly hope that no one that reads these posts thinks that I did all of that work on myself alone BECAUSE THAT WAS NOT THE CASE. I have a support system here in college and back at home. It is EXTREMELY important to make sure that you have one too. Trying to carry all of your burdens and grief inside of yourself will eventually break you. Trust me. I love doing everything myself and try to not be a "burden" to others, so I kept (and sometimes keep today) all of my problems and issues to myself, but eventually it gets to be too much and I explode. Every time. It is super important to make sure that you have someone you can rant, cry to, laugh with, destress with. And if you don't have anyone like that in your life, then literally talk to me. Seriously. My social media is in the "Contact" section. I hope you have people in your life who bring you happiness and not sorrow. People who will drop everything to help you. People who will give you advice an infinite amount of times. People who you can call your friends.

Peace Out Girl Scout,

Maddie the Media Princess