photo by Shandi-Lee Cox
“If you admire somebody, you should go ahead and tell them.
People never get the flowers while they can still smell them.” – Ye
This particular post has been a long time coming and now more than ever, I feel like it’s the right time to write it. I’m not one to celebrate ‘blogiversaries’ — as a matter of fact, I never have. But, this week (actually tomorrow), Love Darbie will have existed for three years. Three crazy, eventful, life-changing years. I wrote my first post on this blog as a naive seventeen year old about to embark on a college adventure. I started this corner of the world wide web to document that journey and everything it may bring. At that time, my posts revolved around fears of going on to college, excitements about dorm life, and other things that just seem so irrelevant now. At that time, I never expected that I would live in Arizona, Washington, and California. That I would travel the nation and meet so many amazing people. That I would experience love and heartbreak. That I would get to know Jesus in a way that I never have before. That I would begin to chase my dreams so fearlessly. That I would strive to emulate my mother’s strength. That I would lose and then find myself along the way. I never expected that this blog would open the doors to so many friends and supporters. So, this post is for you all. The people that I have admired and cherished these past few years. The couple of you that I have met and experienced life with. Those of you that I feel like I know so freaking well, yet I’ve never met. This is for the riders, those that have watched me grow over the years.
This is for my love Nneji, the fearless woman whose spontaneity I so greatly admire. The one who left everything in Columbus, OH to live out her dream in California and then chased that dream all the way to Germany. I’ll forever cherish our times in San Francisco and Oakland, our conversations, our laughs, and everything in between.
This is for Marie (pictured right), I don’t even know where to start. Hardworking, diligent, and just utterly amazing doesn’t even begin to describe you. I’ve never bonded with someone so quickly over some bomb Thai food and Philz Coffee. I can only aspire to be as fabulous as you are. You are really that big sis looking out and I will forever and ever ride for you.
This is for Ofunne (pictured left), because your style is so effortless and your genuine spirit, simply captivating. I’m wishing you all the best in New York and I can’t wait to see where life takes you.
This is for Asia and Kimberly — let’s throw it back to Femmes with Benefits real quick, because I admire you two oh so much. Thanks for all your support! And Kim, everything you touch turns to gold, I don’t see that kind of excellence very often.
This is for Yetti, for being herself and in a really weird way inspiring me to constantly improve myself. I see so many similarities between us so keep doing you Yetti because it doesn’t go unacknowledged.
This is for Jenny, for always supporting even before this particular blog existed.
This is for Liane, for being a bauce [see what I did there ;)]— your drive inspires me, girl.
And for everyone else, I genuinely appreciate you! For reading my ramblings and growing with me throughout the years. Thank you to those who have recently featured my blog, namely: Good Lookn Out, My Creative Connection, and This Brown Queen - you all keep the smile on my face!
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I don’t know where life will lead but I can’t wait for three more years and the friendships that come along with them.