As a child my mother always told me to pay attention to my surroundings when I am out public. That means pay attention when I cross the streets, look for exit signs if I’m in big arenas, take heed to the people around me if I’m in a crowded area. The whole point is to pay attention to what’s around me.
As a grown woman this concept of paying attention to my surroundings has a deeper meaning. It’s more than watching those around you; it’s about who I decide to stay around. We all heard the old cliché’ “birds of a feather flock together.” I find that to be an accurate statement. People tend to hang around those they can relate to, people that are on their same level, people that can understand them, and people that share the same interest. People want to be around like minded individuals and with that come a story of who you are. As the old saying goes, “show me who you hang with I’ll show you who you are.” Who you hang around with tells a juicy story about who you are.
We all have friends from childhood that are more like relatives. Those are people we consider “ride or dies” they were there before you had what you had and they will be there afterwards. However, those should also be people that do not bring you down. They may not be on the same level as you and that’s okay, but they also should try to bring you off your level. Who you surround yourself with influences how high you rise. Read more