Growing up I was encouraged to choose my friends wisely. With that in mind I chose friends who wanted to live life to the fullest doing the things I liked to do. So much emphasis in high school was on being a jock. Everyone thought they were having all the fun and attracting all of the girls. Well I was the bubbly skinny kid who would have been mauled on the football field. With my brain training since childhood of thinking positive I was not going to let my body size interfere with living life to the fullest. I connected with teenagers who started a group called Teen Timers. We met monthly for social activities. Our meeting time was spent on developing a theme for the truck float we would ride on each year for Mardi Gras and then on the preparation of the decorations for the float. We were a young leadership group happily creating the life of our dreams. We met not only to socialize but to brainstorm ideas on how to raise money to pay for truck rental, registration fees to ride in the parade and decorations for truck float.
As adults who we spend our time with is critically important. We want to be lifted up by our friends in living life to the fullest. By receiving support we can be a positive influence and truly make a difference in our world.
In my next posting I will talk about how this same concept of choosing your friends wisely has continued in our senior years.