When I first read the prompt, I immediately went to the handful of people in my life for whom I am most grateful. Then I realized that in fact there are oodles of people who are important to me for a variety of reasons. Upon further consideration, the list is quite long.
I have a group of friends who would help me bury a body (and vice versa) should that event ever arise; another group of friends where the deepest conversation is a puddle in comparison to my usual fare; some friends who are happy to share experiences and expertise over a glass of wine or four; there is also a special group of woo’s who encourage me to let go of my natural skepticism. Some friends aren’t friends at all, they are awful people who for some reason or other felt I needed to learn a lesson only they could teach. They are all important to me for what I learn from them – about them, but mostly about myself.
There are real people and virtual people; celebrities and deep thinkers; musicians and scholars; scientists and artists; they are all important to me. I have curated a group of people I like to learn from: Brené Brown heads that list. There are men and women. Experts and neophytes who make me think from a new perspective. Nothing makes me happier than to find someone to change my mind.
Of course, there’s family I was born to and family I’ve made for myself along the way.
The best for last? My kids, of course.
Who is important to me? Everyone. Just please be polite, take off your shoes and use a coaster.