I'd like to tell you all about my friend Stephanie.
I met Stephanie two years ago when she joined my company as a Management Trainee. She came in with long hair, a well made up face and a very short skirt (sorry Steph, the first thing I remember about you is that tiny skirt!)
Anyway, Steph is somebody that I find very admirable. She's 25 this year, and has just recently bought her own car (a nice spiffy Forte) and a condo of her own. What I find most admirable and incredible about this is really that she's doing this on her own. Do you have any idea how expensive property in Malaysia is? I'm two years older than her and I'm still living in my mom's house and driving a car given to me by my sister.
But that's not the full point. While yes, I find it very admirable that she's independent enough to get her own car and property, what I find much more admirable is the strength of character she shows in the face of adversity. If you look at her, you'd think she's a soft, sweet girl. Her hair is done in long waves, she's often wearing a pretty headband, and she favors floral dresses and high heels. Yet, don't think her weak or soft - cause I've really seen, over and over again, that she's really strong and determined. When she sets her mind to something, she gets it done. Lately, she's been helping me try and crawl out of my big hole of debt (finally crawled out this month, yay!) and she also came with me when I went to visit the kiddies home last week. And honestly, while I thought it was enough to just go there and play with the kids and spend time with them, she's the one that thought it would be a great idea if we went with some cakes or snacks for them.
She's very considerate, she thinks of others and she's very easygoing. Yet, she's firm. I find this a really impressive combination, because she's really like a steel rod wrapped in layers of pink cotton candy - and I really haven't met anyone else like this before. And honestly, she's just damn sweet. And genuine. You need genuine people in your life.
So this is Stephanie, whom I'm very glad I've gotten to know a lot better especially these past few months. She's a lot more than a colleague, and I'm very proud to call her my friend. She's my friend who tried to reach over and give me a hug yesterday when I burst into tears because I was telling her how worried I am about losing my sight. (I say tried cause I batted her away, I get much worse when people hug me when crying.) She stayed positive and told me not to worry, I could always find a really hot new pair of sexy cat eye glasses and still look cute.
Its things like that, you know. You need people like that in your life. People who bring light into your life, people you can be yourself with.
So Stephanie, you keep doing your thing! Wear those short skirts and high heels and keep kicking ass, cause you're awesome that way :)