A Thread for Those who Play Big Roles in Our Lives

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    Jun 27, 2011 7:35 AM GMT
    I'd like to dedicate my post to my super awesome voice instructor at the university, Laura. I've studied with her since first day Fall Term of 2008 and she considers me one of her favorite students. Make no mistake, she loves all of her students! Can't get through an hour-long lesson without bursting out in laughter a minimum of three times. She's always been super supportive, been there even when she didn't need to be, helping me along the way. She has seen me change so much, in vocal maturity, as well as me physically shrinking from 225 lbs down to the mid 150s. I intended originally to go into music education and earn my teaching license, but she's insisted that I go into performance instead. So I am going for performance now and trusting her judgment. Don't know what I'd do without her. (I've never actually mentioned directly that I was gay, but I think it's implied enough that she knows already.)


    So, take a post and mention someone in your life who's been a big part of it. Family, friends, teachers, lovers, clergy, coworkers, bosses, whomever!
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    Jun 27, 2011 7:51 AM GMT
    Thank you for starting this!
    I don't want to post any photos of her on the internet but she has grown to become one of my closest and dearest friends. My parents forced me to switch to a private high school in grade 9 and I absolutely hated it. I felt completely trapped. I knew I couldn't lean on anyone there for support and it just made me even more confused and desperate.
    Then, over a long period of time I became friends with Tania, another student there and by the end of high school we were pretty close. She went away for a year to school abroad and I remained here and went to university. After finally getting out of my shell I came out to her when she came back from her studies abroad. She has supported me through this very difficult time- coming out to my family and friends (something I'm still doing, I haven't told my parents yet.)
    She has given me some of the most valuable advice and companionship in my times of greatest need. I truly don't know where I would be without her. I'm not sure if many others felt as lonely as I did at times- but the social isolation was very trying for me at times and she helped me get through it.

    Not only this, but her family has treated me like an honorary member- I cannot begin to show my gratitude to them.
    The nicest and most accepting of people I know. She deserves a medal.