As a little girl, I dreamed of having that best friend–the one who knows you so well she can tell how you are really feeling behind your smile. I never truly had that–that one person who understands you–that you call “friend.”
But coming into middle school there was one very inspiring woman I’ve gotten to know very well over these past three years. She’s that friend that everyone wishes they had, the kind you can share your secrets with, the one who listens to you talk and talk for hours and cares about what you’re saying.
Most people know her as the guidance counselor, but she’s more than that to me. She’s a friend. On the outside it may have looked like I had many friends, but on the inside it was a whole other story. My confidence was low, but Mrs. Wilson taught me self worth. She helped me realize that I shouldn’t change myself for anyone. If someone doesn’t like who I am, then at least I was myself, not someone I’m not.
Mrs. Wilson is also an inspiration because she is such an amazing listener. Even when I speak for hours, she listens and understands me. I can tell her secret after secret and know that they will be safe. Her helpful, strengthening words made me stronger. But most of all, Mrs. Wilson inspires me to be a friend to everyone and to share the kindness and compassion that was shared with me.