Not only is that photo a fierce photo, but the message is pretty badass too. You grow up hearing sayings from your grandma like "birds of a feather flock together" and you kinda write it off because she's just trying to stop you from seeing an R-rated movie and talking to boys with your best friend who's "too mature". It's silly and doesn't make sense because you know who you are and no one else is going to change that. Except you grow up and you realize that it's not as impossible as you thought.
One of my friends in college was pretty much the opposite of me. She confronted everything when she should let things go, and confused being honest with her friends with hurting their feelings. That's not to say she didn't have positive qualities as well, but I mean, you never adopt another person's good qualities, now do you? Eventually, I found myself adopting some of her behaviors and habits, always having something to say, using some of her terminology, becoming unnecessarily distrustful of guys I wasn't even really dating yet. I couldn't pin point exactly how it began but I knew I didn't like it. It just wasn't me. And that's when I realized how easy it is to become your surroundings, to adopt habits and traits almost subconsciously. It felt like I lost myself and I couldn't remember for the life of me where I'd placed it, or me rather.
It's so important to "surround yourself with those on the same mission as you". Not only because they'll push you towards your shared goals, lift you up when it's difficult to stand, and stand by you when it gets real. Because by surrounding yourself with like-minded people, you're all but guaranteeing that you will pick up some useful, if not great, traits along the way, ones that add to the person you want to be. And that's kind of the point of the journey after all.
Just a few quick thoughts for the day. What do you think?