Growing up my parents instilled in me some very valuable traits. Gratitude and the importance of family are just 2 of many things they taught me.

My family means the world to me and I believe they are truly the only ones you can count on when times are tough. Friends come and go throughout our lives but your family is always your family. That doesn’t mean that family has to be blood related. Family means different things to different people, it is the people in our lives that will be there for you no matter what the circumstances; they will support you, comfort you, and be honest with you. They will tell you when you are being a jerk and then tell you that they love you anyway!

My parents have always been there for me. Always. No matter the circumstances they have stood by my side, even when they did not agree with my decisions they still stood by me. They have sacrificed a lot for me and for that I am truly grateful. They have been there during difficult times in my life; in my hospital room every day of those 19 days, and not once did they think about not being there. On the phone with me, listening to me cry, and wishing they could make things better during my difficult marriage and subsequent divorce. During my long days of training and racing, they sacrifice their time to help me achieve my dreams. They have been by my side every step of the way, watching me fall down, helping me back up and cheering me on.

I am ever so grateful that they want to be so much a part of my life. That they cherish the time we spend together, as do I. I never want to take this for granted. None of us are immortal and our time here will come to end, one day.  So, I try and appreciate all the little things and tell the people in my life how much they mean to me and how much I love them, on a daily basis.

“Each day I am thankful for nights that turn into mornings, friends that turn into family, dreams that turned into reality and likes that turned into love”-Anonymous



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