My Voice Contest

WINNER Monique Sherman!.

WINNER Monique Sherman!.

words | Monique Sherman

16 years old from Gilbert, Arizona

A friend is someone who leaves you better than you were before. A friend is someone who inspires you to follow your dreams, even dreams you haven’t yet discovered. A friend is someone who loves you unconditionally, despite your faults. A friend is someone who knows what you’re going to say before you say it, someone who goes out of their way to make you smile, and someone who makes you laugh so hard, your stomach hurts. All these things describe friends, and yet they’re so much more.

They’re the people we lean on when we’ve lost the strength to press on. They’re there to lend a hand when we so desperately need help. A true friend will cry with you and smile with you. They listen when you need to talk and talk when you’d rather not. They’ll be there fighting for and with you through the bad just so they can see the smile on your face when you’ve reached the good. Though friends may leave and friends may stay, the impact they’ve had on our lives will never leave us, and never fade from our memories.

A friend is someone who leaves you better. So find friends that make you better, and be a friend who does the same. Let them inspire you, and be an inspiration in return. Show them their dreams and follow your own.


My Voice Contest

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