Instead of hating my hometown and wanting to escape it, I began to look around and see ways that I could improve it and make a difference. It is funny how that caused me to begin to love my community rather than hate it. That love for my community opened me up to make new friends and not limit friendship to an age. I guess what I am describing is a growth process that took place. It started deep in the dark place where the seed landed. It was watered when I began to process it in my heart and mind. It grew when I changed my attitude and it bloomed when I changed my actions.
To my dear friend Shelley: "If you are out there reading this? I say thank you!" To all of the rest of you if you are in a place or circumstances or surrounded by people that you are unhappy with, maybe those same words of advice can help you like they did me. "Bloom where you are planted!"