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You Just Never Know . . .


Posted on January 30, 2014 by Billie Jean King


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Almost 60 years ago I met Susan Williams and she changed my life. You just never know how much someone will touch your life or you will touch their’s.

We were in fifth grade at Los Cerritos Elementary School in Long Beach, Calif. and Susan was sitting next to me in class when she asked if I wanted to play tennis. I said, “Tennis? What’s that?” And she said “You get to run, jump and hit a ball.”

And since those were three of my favorite things in sports, the rest, as they say, is history!

Susan and I turned 70 this year and we commit to seeing each other at least once a year – fittingly, it is usually at a World Team Tennis match.

Susan has had such a lasting impact on my life and it is really important to us that we stay connected. I am willing to bet you have people in your life who fill that role. Maybe it is a friend, maybe a caregiver or maybe it is someone you met at Atria.

But, I hope you have someone! And if, for whatever reason, you don’t have that special friend in your life, I hope you will commit to filling that void as soon as possible.

Barbra Streisand sings a song about “people who need people,” and while Bob Merrill wrote those words for the musical Funny Girl in 1964, they are just as important today as they were when Barbra first belted it out on Broadway.

The bottom line is we all are so much stronger, so much happier, when we surround ourselves with great friends. Let’s not be shy about this. With the holiday season past, I want to encourage you to reach out to your friends. Give them a call or drop them a note, but do whatever it takes to let them know how important they are to you.

Wishing you health and happiness,

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1 Comment

  • jill ann biondo says:

    And I bet when you and Susan get together again you feel just like you did in 5th grade! That’s the magic with staying in touch with friends from our childhood, isn’t it?