For Those Who Lift Me Up

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[Image description: Three silhouettes are shown with their arms raised above their heads against a pale yellow background. A mix of orange and yellow flowers, red hearts, and black polka dots are scattered above them.]

By Jazmin Diaz

I recently had a get-together with some friends and family. I was reminded of how lucky I am to be surrounded by such supportive individuals. I decided to create illustrations of a few of the people who have helped me throughout difficult times. Each doodle is followed by a short description, summarizing my favorite qualities of theirs. I hope this inspires you to let others know how much they mean to you.

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[Image description: A doodle of a smiling girl against a yellow background. She has a red flower in her curly hair and is wearing red lipstick. Two leaves frame the top right and bottom left of the illustration.]

Even at my lowest points, this person never fails to make me smile. She radiates positivity with her unique sense of humor. I admire her for her quick wit and her ability to always make the best out of an unpleasant situation.

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[Image description: A doodle of a girl against a baby pink background. She has a slight smile on her face and her hair is in loose waves. Freckles cover her nose and cheeks. Leaves and pink roses frame the bottom center of the illustration.]

This person personifies quiet strength. Although she is shy, I admire her for being both a listener and an observer. She is always willing to lend an ear and her observance makes it easy for her to give good advice.

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[Image description: A doodle of a smiling boy against a lavender background.  He is wearing glasses and a collared shirt. His hair is short and styled to the side. Two leaves frame the top right and bottom left of the illustration. There is a large yellow daisy at the end of each leaf.]

I admire this person for his adventurous spirit. He isn’t afraid of trying new things or taking risks. He treats everyday like it is his last and makes even the most mundane tasks seem exciting.

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[Image description: A doodle of a smiling girl against a red background. Her hair is styled in a pixie cut. Two leaves frame the top right and bottom left of the illustration. There is a large orange flower at the end of each leaf.]

I always tell this person that she should be a motivational speaker. Despite her challenging background, she has never given up on her goals. She is the hardest worker I know, always inspiring me to take action.

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