Friends are different from family in that friends have chosen to be your extended family. I didn't realize my strong network of friends, and what I mean to them, until last week. During my trip to New York, I did the City with my Sarasota friend Stephanie, reunited with high school friend Penny, caught up with friends from the National Parks and even spent time with Peter (the ex). I felt as though my different worlds have finally converged in harmony, something I've been missing for quite a while. I finally feel content and confident in myself. The best thing is, I met a new friend and we'll see if that friendship will grow.