I've grown up to be the person I am today because of the people that surround me. Sometimes you think that you're your own person, an individual who makes decisions all on your own, without realizing that you are influenced by those around you, but are you?
Maybe when I was younger I wasn't ALWAYS surrounding myself with the best influences, but I learned and feel that I always made the conscious effort to choose my direction after that. I've realized how much strength it takes to be your own person, but also realized that it is THAT much simpler if you surround yourself with people that can help you get there.
If you're a family person who knows you want to start your own family some day, surround yourself with healthy families, people who are great parents who can help teach you great values and morals; if you want to find success in your career, surround yourself with people who have already done so and learn from their example and dedication; if you want to build your faith and spirituality, surround yourself with people who are strong in their faith, who can teach you how to get through this world with people who don't understand.
You see, surrounding yourself with these people initially and discovering who you are and who you want to be, and making this decision isn't separating yourself from the rest who aren't in compliance with your life, it's more like building your strength for those times when you DO have to go out on your own, and you don't have a choice of who is around you anymore. Let yourself be positively influenced by the people who have your very best interest at heart, by people who will support you whether your ideas and dreams are ridiculous and by people who will be truly honest with you.
We are constantly under the influence of this world, and those that surround us pull on our strings, but WE make the decisions in our lives and decide which strings we want to pull back on.
-Rubi Anne Dijamco-Agostini