Today, after almost a complete year of wearing my Giving Key almost every day, I've given it away to one of the most deserving people in my life. When I first started to wear the Key many people I encounter in my daily life didn't quite understand the meaning behind what I was wearing and what it meant for other people. My Key, "STRENGTH" meant to me to keep pushing forward even when life knocked me down. But it also meant to have the strength to stand up for what might not be the normal, but what I knew in my heart was right.
My key gave me the extra confidence to speak up, and to get over whatever was causing me the anxiety of the day. Throughout it all my one friend, one of my very best friends was there encouraging me and praising me for overcoming my, at times silly, little battles. However, she was dealing with far bigger battles. Without getting too in to it, she struggles with full blown anxiety attacks and depression, along with some other stuff. In addition to my key "STRENGTH," I gave her a picture of us, and a note explaining why she was so deserving of this piece of jewelry that had become such a big part of who I was. I'll be leaving for college in a few weeks and I wanted to encourage her to stay strong, and to know that I'd be there for her through it all, no matter the distance. She texted me later when she read the letter (after she got home from our lunch out) and I could tell how much it meant to her. Like I said, she's one of the most deserving people, and who doesn't get as much appreciation or as many compliments as she deserves. I just hope that this key will help her unlock the confidence, and yes strength, to do everything I know that she's capable of. And more.