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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Sarah

Part S in the 2015 A-Z Blogging Challenge


Sarah's the fourth member of the oft-mentioned Buttercup Gang, the group of friends to which I partly owe my love of life. Sarah is a girl with two sides, and I don't know which one shines brighter.

On one hand, Sarah has an unending well of love and care for the people in her life. I know very few people who genuinely want to know about what's going on in your life - the ups and downs, desires and goals, fears and concerns - as much as her. The reason I started blogging again (I had an old blog which I gave up on) was that she complained that I wasn't doing it any more and that she liked reading my honest, candid stories. She made me promise to start another one within the next six months and now whenever I think I'm too busy to write or that I've got nothing interesting to write about, the fear of letting her down keeps me going.


She has this amazing skill that she brings out whenever you see her where she asks you how you're going, you say "I'm good thanks" and in a suspicious way, she says "Are you sure?" Suddenly you think there's something written on your face that says there's something wrong and you start to fill in the blanks. Next thing you know, you're telling her about this problem you've been having at work and by the time you leave you feel a little lighter, like you've gotten some things off your chest that you didn't even know were there.


I don't know if this is just me or if everyone feels this way when they talk to her, but I feel like she understands me. I'm not as articulate in my speech as I am on a keyboard, so I often struggle to express my ideas exactly as I mean them. With Sarah, it's not a problem. I'll be trying to explain something and she'll nod and summarize it in the exact right words and I'll point enthusiastically and say "Yes! Exactly!"


Her friends and family mean the world to her and vice versa. She'd give up the world for them if the cause was great enough. But then she has this other side, one that she brings out whenever she needs to. It doesn't take long to work out that Sarah can be quite a badass.

If you're being unfair, evasive or just generally idiotic, she'll call you on it. Never in a mean way, just simply by pointing out that she knows you know the right answer or that you're avoiding an issue. She knows and is comfortable with herself  - she won't take crap from anyone who contradicts that.


She's also incredibly driven. She knows exactly where she wants to go with her career and is going after it harder than anyone else I know (including me). And they're very hefty goals too - she won't rest until she's working at the United Nations or the International Criminal Court. To achieve this, not only is she studying law and volunteering for all sorts of organisations that will get her valuable experience (and help out the community), but she's also finding time to work two jobs and save up the money to go on study programs overseas. She goes after this goal not only to show herself how much of a force of nature she is, but also because she wants to inspire other women to seek education and power, especially in underprivileged countries. I fully expect to one day go through her Facebook page, smiling at all the pictures of her with Presidents of foreign countries. Then that smile will turn to a laugh as I click the next photo and find her standing next to her girl-crush Taylor Swift, a look of unbridled excitement on her face.




It's sad to think that our humble city of Adelaide is too small for Sarah and her dreams. But the world needs her more than we do. World, please be kind to her... Or she'll make you pay.

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  1. Everyone needs a Sarah in their life... may she meet every goal she has, and find wonder and joyful adventure along the way.

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  2. She must feel special to have a special friend like you, vice versa.

    Wishing her much success on achieving her dreams.

    And, it's nice to know you have a friend who can complete your thought or say what he or she knows you want to say. Hold on to that friendship, Michael.

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    1. It's such a relief knowing you're understood :)

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  3. Sarah sounds absolutely delightful! May all her hard work and drive pay off!

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  4. What a wonderful tribute to your friend! Wishing her well in her goals and her travels too.

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    1. She's just returning from a trip to New York where she sat in on a UN meeting. She says it was the best day of her life.

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  5. Beautiful. Inside and out. And you're a wonderful friend to propel her forward. I'm sure you're as important to her as she is to you.

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    1. That would be pretty hard ;) But she seems to like me too so that's good :)

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  6. She sure sounds like a wonderful person indeed. There through thick and thin and call everyone on the bs. Not a bad way to be

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    1. Absolutely, she's invaluable. And she's ours! (evil laugh)

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  7. Sarah sounds like an amazing young woman!

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    1. You would know, you're quite a successful woman yourself :)

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  8. Sarah sounds like an amazing young woman!

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  9. You certainly have some amazing and supportive friends. Must be your own positivity that attracts these people your way.

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    1. Maybe you're right! I heard someone once say "If you open yourself up to the world, the world will open itself up to you". I learned long ago that you can never change other people's behaviour, but you can certainly change your own.

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  10. Aww, this is such a sweet tribute to your friend, Michael. She sounds like a force of nature and I wish her every success on her journey.

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    1. Force of nature is a good way to put it!

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  11. Well, Sarah's beautiful and she sounds amazing. She'll do well no matter what she does in life.

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  12. You hit the nail on the head when you said the world needs more Sarahs. We sure do. In the meanwhile, I'm glad YOU and your friends have a Sarah.

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    1. Yeah but we're going to have to give her up eventually :(

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  13. You hit the nail on the head when you said the world needs more Sarahs. We sure do. In the meanwhile, I'm glad YOU and your friends have a Sarah.

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  14. She sounds like a wonderful young lady and just the friend you need. (Eerie how some people can just look at your face and know something is up.) I'm sure she'll accomplish her dreams and more.

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    1. It's a really good skill and is one of the main reasons people like her so much.

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  15. More Sarahs, and more Michaels to go forth and shine! Such a sweet tribute for a lovely young woman.

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    1. Hahaha don't bring ME into this! (he said with an embarrassed grin)

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  16. Sarah sounds like a great friend to have. You are very blessed to have her in your life. I wish we had more bright stars in this world like Sarah!

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    1. The world would be a much better place if we were all her ;)

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