Dear Friends,

I hope my friends know that I strive to be someone they can trust and confide in. The connections I find more fulfilling than any others in my life have been built on honesty and authenticity.

I hope my friends who are struggling or feel down know that I genuinely care, and I truly want nothing but the best for every one of them. When they hurt, I also hurt, perhaps even more than I should.

I hope my friends see their personal value as well as the value they mean to others like myself, and that I learn from them just as much as they learn from me.

I hope my friends acknowledge that we won’t always get along or see eye-to-eye, and that these problems are simply tools for both of our continuous growth and development.

I hope my friends understand that even while I dream big and focus on big goals for myself, that I do not forget anyone and everyone has a place in my heart.

Why do I share this? Because I’ve found life’s too short to not be transparent, to not show loved ones how much you care, to live with regrets for the past, to not show the world who you are and what you’re capable of, and to not be grateful for something in every breath you take.

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Author: Donald "Nugget" Arteaga

Living to transcend labels, to share my insights, to inspire others to move past the generalizations and stereotypes of society. Was diagnosed with autism, but autism doesn't have me! <3

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