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September 21, 2002

I go to friends for support and direction and love.

Family played and plays a huge role, is a large determinant of the person I became. Those relationships loom large, I draw from them, consciously and unconsciously, every day.

But friendships have allowed me to see the person I might be, what potentialities lie hidden, masked by the family crest. In their company I can begin to strip away my lies, can begin to become who I really want to be.

They listen to what I say, they know my dreams, they hold me to my words.

I am lucky.