"You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with"
I feel so blessed that I'm surrounded by people who love and care about me and would do anything for me.
The most important person in my life is my Mom. No question about it. My mom is always there for me when I need her, and in the past year I've needed her a lot. I can tell her anything and she's the person I go to for all my advice with problems I'm having. I'm so lucky to have a mom who tries to be that friend figure as well. She works 7 days a week to make sure I can go to dance class every week and do what I love. She works so hard for my siblings and I and still comes home and makes sure she has quality time for all of us. My mom is my greatest role model. She is so strong and has overcome so much and I hope that one day I can be half the person she is. She has helped me shape into the person I am right now and hasn't ever given up on me or lost hope when others have. I know she's been in a lot of stress this past year because of me and I'll never be able to thank her enough for all she's done for me. If I didn't have a person like her caring for me I honestly don't know where I'd be right now.
The next most important person is my life is my sister Ariel. Were not even 2 years apart in age and were probably the definition of a love/hate relationship. She's someone who I tell all my new stories first. If there's drama going on at my school, there's a good chance she knows about it and vice versa. I've had my fair share of family problems throughout my life and the only constant thing throughout all those times was Ariel. We've literally faced every single problem together and that's created a bond that nobody can break. Ariel balances me out well because she's very chill and with the flow while I'm usually more up tight. She brings out the fun in me and can make me smile or laugh even in the worst possible situations. She's defiantly a social butterfly and I love seeing how comfortable she is with new people and how there instantly drawn to her. She has helped me try to step out of my shell and be more social and she's been so understanding and I can't thank her enough for that. She's seen me at absolute rock bottom and some of the best moments of my life. I'm working on gaining some of her social confidence. I'm so grateful that I not only have one of the best younger sisters a girl could ask her, but I can also look up too.
My Stepdad Mario is the 3rd most important person in my life. I can not put into words how grateful I am to have this man in my life. He is literally all I could have asked for in a Stepdad. He has stepped up this past year and I am so thankful. This past year I've been missing a father figure who's there all the time. He gladly became the father figure I needed has been doing it ever since. In my opinion a Father isn't based on blood, it's a person who provides for you, cares for you and is there for you whenever you need them. Over the past year I've grown to see Mario more as a Father instead of a Stepdad. He works 2 jobs and works so hard to make sure I can dance, have food on the table and have a roof over my head. The thing I probably admire him the most for though, is how he agreed to take on 2 kids who weren't even his own and treat them as if they were. He is extremely head strong and passionate about the things he believes in. He's trying to make me realize that my happiness comes first and that my well being comes before anything else. He is such an inspiration to me and is the main male figure I have in my life. He's taught me that nothing in life is free and I have to work for everything I want because nothing is just handed to you and I hope that one day I can gain some of his best characteristics.
The next important person in my life is my other younger sister Rory. I spend a lot of time with this little midget and she's taught me many things in the short 7 years she's been here. She is one of the happiest people I know and you can find her smiling almost all the time (not so much at the dinner table) and she always loves to make me laugh or have a good time. She is basically a little mini me. Our parents often say how much she's like me when it comes to her good heart, sassy attitude and love of dance. Luckily for me, when Rory was 5 she decided she wanted to do dance instead of soccer (take that Ariel) and now I get the opportunity to spend so much quality time with her bonding over something we both love. She has taught me how changing your mind set can change your entire attitude. When I still went to my Dad's house last year, she would cry when we had to leave for the weekends but than she would literally count down the days until we got back and would always freak out when we came back 2 days later. She always surprises me with how smart and wise she is at just 7 years old. I find it insane how much of my situation she can actually comprehend and understand. She knows what to do in all my situations and exactly how to cheer me up. Everytime I see her happy or see her laugh when she tells a really funny story I aim to be that happy all the time and she's taught me that my happiness is a necessity.
Last but certainly not least is one of my best friends Maya. I haven't known Maya for that long (only 2 year) but I would be totally lost without this girl. I swear she's the only thing that keeps me sane. My family doesn't even consider her as one of my friends anymore, we think of her as a sister. I'm so lucky I get to spend so much time with her because seeing her is always a huge highlight of my week. Before every dance class, she comes to my house from school and we go to dance together and spend class together as well. Maya is probably one of the oddest people you'll ever meet and I mean that in the best way possible. She has a totally unique perspective on different situations and has her own slang words that sound like they should be in the 1980's instead of coming out of the mouth of a 16 year old girl. She is so free spirited and fun to be around and she can always make my day 10x better. On days we can't see each other, we spend a lot of time facetiming or texting. She is one of the only people who are able to calm my pre stage nerves at competitions and she knows exactly what to do to calm me down if I start freaking out. I always need to have her backstage with me whether it's for a group or for my solos. She is literally the older sister I never had and is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I don't know where I'd be without this girl in my life. She balances me out so well and she's one of the only people I feel totally safe with and can open up to about everything including drama, problems or my situation. She brings out the best in me and she's taught me how important it is to be yourself and always believe in yourself and that's something that I can never thank her enough for.
Even though I don't get to spend a lot of time with her and I ran out of people I thought it was defiantly important to include my sister Charlotte in this paragraph who's turning 4 in 3 days. I don't get to see her that much anymore and that has defiantly weighed heavy on me. But it's made me be a better person and also helped me be the bigger person. I make an effort to talk to her whenever possible and I push aside my problems with my Dad about once a month so I can see her just for an hour or 2. It's so important to me that she realizes that even though I'm not there all the time and I don't live with her, doesn't mean I don't want to see her every second of everyday and be the best sister I can be in the situation I've been given.
I'm so blessed to have these people in my life. They've seen me at my absolute worst and still love me no matter what. I hope my relationship with these people never weakens because I need them all in my life.