There are few things valued as highly as friendship. True friendship takes years to cultivate, and a lifetime to understand and appreciate it’s true meaning. Friendship is essential to the soul, and The Quintessential 17 has always exemplified this creed while infecting others with this same spirit. This year’s retreat takes us deep into the wilderness of Georgia, Cleavland Georgia to be exact. It’s 0been years since some us had seen each other but it took us no time to get back in the swing of things. I didn’t realize how separated we are by time and space until I was on my home reflecting. And that’s the beauty and truth of it all. No matter how far we are from one another, or how much time has passed I know that my true friends will always be there to support, encourage, uplift, and if need be, check me.