I was recently challenged to spend 15 minutes writing down every person who has ever touched my life in any way. Whether that way was good or bad, if that person some way helped me become the person I am today, I had to write them down.
At first, this was really easy. I was writing down the major people in my life, my mom, my best friends, the girls I talk to every week, and so on. But after a few minutes I really had to think. I went back to grade school. Who were my friends then? Which teachers affected me? I went through the years of my life, thinking of memories, people I don't think about anymore.
I wrote down my ex's. I cried a little over my most recent boyfriend. I thought of the people in my life who I consider role models. The women I look up to. I wrote down the loved ones who have passed.
All in all, I ended up with 80+ names, some of whom I haven't thought about in years, some of whom I talk to on a regular basis. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the list, but it definitely made me thankful and realize how blessed I am for the amazing people in my life.