Good afternoon lovely readers!
I’m super excited to announce that I will be posting a series of interviews on this blog in the upcoming weeks. I’ll be giving you a look into the lives of people whom I have connected with and whom I have been inspired by over the years. I believe that by reading about their unique stories, you will find that you have something in common with many of them. My hope for you is that you will be encouraged by the fact that you aren’t alone in what you are going through.
First up is my best friend, Hana. She’s no stranger to my posts, and I want you all to be enlightened by her story of perseverance in dealing with a particular reoccurring event in her life. Also, Hana and I recently uploaded a cover of Noah Cyrus’ song, Almost Famous. You can check it out here! Now, let’s begin!
Q: In a personal summary, tell me, who is Hana?
A: “Strong, firm beliefs, and proud of being different. I like being independent. I’m always trying to figure out who I am, and I’m always trying to get stronger and better. I’m not afraid to hold people accountable.”
Q: How did our friendship begin, and how has it grown throughout the years?
A: “It began in kindergarten, and for my birthday I had you, *Emma*, and *Olivia* come over to my house. All the parents came into the living room when they were picking us up, and we played with the karaoke machine and a drum kit. That was when our band started, and it finished then too [laughter]. You’ve always been my constant, and I don’t have to worry about no one understanding me at school because you understand me and I can completely be myself.”
Q: What is your favorite memory from any point in your lifetime?
A: “Oh my gosh. There’s so many! Maybe sitting on the beach at night with all the stars out while playing guitar with you. That was a lot of fun.”
Q: What is your family like, and how have they shaped you throughout the years?
A: “My parents are divorced and both have a boyfriend/girlfriend. I have an annoying younger brother [laughter]. My brother has taught me that I need to not be so tense, and I need to learn to go with the flow. My mom has taught me that I can do whatever I want to do and that I also need to show more emotion in order to show people that I appreciate them. My dad, he reassures me of who I am which I really need sometimes.”
Q: If you could say anything to the friends that have stuck with you through high school, what would it be?
A: “Thanks for not giving up on me when I’ve been boring or the strict mother of the group. I hope you continue to stick with me.”
Q: What have been some of your most challenging struggles in life so far?
A: “Probably my ACL tears honestly. The first tear was in my right knee (ACL and Meniscus) in seventh grade after I got my black belt. At first it was a huge deal, but I had no idea. The second tear was in my left knee (ACL) in eighth grade during basketball practice. That was really devastating and scary. The third and worst tear was in my left knee freshman year (ACL, MCL, Dislocated Kneecap) when two girls collided with me during a soccer game. I went down, and I just started bawling and screaming because I was so mad. I kept repeating ‘It happened again, I tore it again’. It was also freezing [laughter]. [The fourth tear occurred] sophomore year. It was the first day of soccer practice, and I just jumped and came down which caused my right ACL and meniscus to tear. It was almost like a sick joke. That was almost four months ago.”
Q: What were you feeling during the reoccurrence of the ACL tears?
A: “Alone. Defeated. Like I was falling behind everyone else no matter how hard I tried. But also hope that for the next time, I could play soccer. The hope keeps getting stronger each time… which I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not.”
Q: Is there anything specific God has taught you during this time of aggravation and pain?
A: “Lots of patience. I don’t think I’ve learned what he wants me to learn yet because I still don’t know the answers to the questions I have. I guess I feel like sometimes with worship music I can feel close to God, love Him, and like He’s there fighting with me. But then sometimes it honestly feels like a sick joke, like He’s against me. At times I don’t know if I should blame Him or blame the devil. When something bad happens, its like I see either God laughing or I see the devil laughing and God trying to tell me that it’s a trick and not to fall for it… more like I need to keep going and prove the devil wrong.”
Q: What have been some of the most motivational sources in your life?
A: “Music. When people agree with me about me wanting to keep trying and keep going its just the small comments that reassure me and make me feel lighter. I want to keep fighting for what I want, and sometimes I don’t know if that’s what God has in store for me or not.”
Q: What is one message you would want to communicate to people who are struggling with similar or difficult circumstances?”
A: “Keep fighting. Even though you may be looking forward to whats ahead, you need to try to stay happy in the moments you have now. Otherwise, you’ll be missing out on a part of your life that you won’t be able to get back. Don’t go too fast.”
Q: What is one message you want to communicate to the amazing readers of this post?
A: “Hm, you’re awesome if you’re reading Blakely’s blog. Always try to be the best person you can be because the world needs a lot more of those people.”
*Wording has been edited for clarity* // *Names have been changed*