Everyone usually likes to surround themselves with individuals like them. If you want to be successful, you surround yourself with successful people.  You know the old term “birds of a feather flock together.” You need individuals who will match your grind, inspire you and keep you in check. What happens when you feel like your friends are starting to surpass you or you feel like they are accomplishing much more? Do you continue to root for the home team or do you become silent of jealousy. If you even have to ask yourself that question, you are not a friend. You are no different than the enemy waiting for that individual to fall.

Today I come to you with something a little more personal. With graduation day being tomorrow, it really hit me that a lot of individuals who said they would be there are not. It isn’t necessarily the fact that friends turned to foes that is bothering me. It it more or less how it came about. Now I do understand college and distance changes people. That is the inevitable, but when it is for the good how can you deny it? How can you fault an individual for flourishing? They claim you think you are too good or better than everyone else, when in reality you do not think that at all. It is actually their insecurities that are starting to get the best of them. You see, the thing is I have friends that I can go without talking to for months and can still come home and pick up where we left off. So when told “we haven’t talked” or “you never come home” is honestly an excuse to me. Because if you were a true fan, you would understand the sacrifices that have to be made.

So as a soon to be graduate I do not apologize for coming home maybe once a year, I do not apologize for being too tired to call back the same day. This has been a long tedious process that I would not change if given the opportunity. Of course it sucks to know how many friends I have lost in the last four years, but at the same time if the friendship was genuine ; they would still be here. In the wise words of Al Capone, “Be careful who you call your friends. I’d rather have four quarters than one hundred pennies.”

Never stop living your dreams. Never compromise and always stay true to yourself.