I meet my Manda near the beginning of my Senior year in High School. She was a totally hippy chick, and I was complete opposite. We became friends, I never had such a free spirited friend before, open, caring, completely amazing, and never judged. She definitely made an imprint on me, made me a more caring and open person and a less judgmental person as well. We lost touch a couple of times through-out the years, but she always seemed to show back up right when I needed her, or she needed me. She saved my life from some pretty severe depression and suicidal thoughts, after the loss of my mother suddenly. Gave me one of the best pieces of advice that I hold close to this day, "You can't let 1 moment in your past, continue to cause your future so much pain, you deserve to be as happy as you were before that moment, and you can get back to that point." It has been tough, but she has been there, and it does get better. Every time I have something start to bother me, I think of what she told me, take a moment to think about it, Laugh because she's right again, and move on.