This I Believe

Heidi - Fort Collins, Colorado
Entered on November 12, 2008
Age Group: Under 18
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Through past experiences I have discovered that even when I’ve hit rock bottom, there has always been somebody to drag me out from the debris. This is why I believe that somebody is always there for you, no matter what.

Up until 6th grade, my life had been really good, and pretty much problem free, especially when I lived in Tennessee. We moved to Nashville when I was 8 years old, and my sister was 5. We met the neighbors the day we moved in, and were excited to find out they had three daughters, Charlotte, Abby, and Paige, who were 10, 7, and 2. We became friends with Charlotte and Abby almost instantly, and soon were inseparable.

Three years later, at the end of my fabulous year in 5th grade, my parents shared with me some of the worst news I would ever hear. We were moving to Colorado. I should have known this would happen sooner or later, because my dad was in the Marine Corps, which meant we had to move frequently. At first, none of this seemed real, but later I was devastated to finally realize that I would never live next door to my best friends again, and would have to make completely new ones in Colorado.

That summer we moved, and to top that off, my dad was deployed to Iraq. I felt depressed and alone in Fort Collins, and missed my dad and best friends. I was starting to make new friends, but I kept comparing them to my old ones in Nashville. Although I didn’t realize it at the time, I had a huge circle of friends who cared about me, and wanted to help me adjust to Colorado. They were there for me when I felt alone, and reassured me that my dad would be safe in Iraq.

Time went on, and within 2 years we moved two more times, but luckily stayed in Fort Collins and didn’t have to move out of state. At the end of those two years, my dad came home safely from Iraq, and I had a feeling that I hadn’t had in a long time. I felt like everything was the way it was supposed to be, and we were a family again, and I had a huge group of friends who had helped me through everything.

That was about a year ago, and a lot of things have changed since then. Right now I’m having a lot of issues with school, my family, and relationships, but who said life was perfect? I’ve learned that through out these tough times we need each other the most, and I’ve been lucky enough to have great friends who have always been there for me. This is why I believe that somebody is always there for you, no matter what.