Thank you Noma Nontshinga

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Dear Noma,

Thank you for reminding me that I am loved today. I swear you must be clairvoyant. You sent me a Facebook message that you miss me “so very much right now”, at the exact moment that I was thinking of you. I am having a particularly “low” day today (still in my pajamas at 4:18 PM for some context), and I was trying to pull myself out of it by reminding myself of some of the deep connections I share with people who inspire me to keep fighting. Your beautiful smile (that chases insecurities away) and warm embrace (that feels like a reset button) were the first things to come to mind (I am now crying because I miss you so).

Thank you Noma for offering your inner light up to everyone you encounter. Your ability to share the fundamental core of who you are with vulnerability and generosity while still maintaining strength and a “don’t you dare fuck with my flow” attitude is heroic, and I admire you greatly for it. Thank you for being an example to me in this, and for teaching me that true friendship should never remain comfortable forever. Otherwise, how would we grow? Thank you for reminding me that I am strong and capable of growth, even when it doesn’t feel that way.

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to know you and walk through this life while calling you “friend”. You are a bright diamond that should be forever cherished. Thank you for entrusting your heart to me. Your friendship gives my life meaning in the worst of times and laugh-so-hard-my-side-splits joy in the best of times.

What more could anyone ask for?

I carry you in my heart,


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