You know, I sincerely believe that the Universe will really bring you what you need when you need it. Today's Everyday Thankful is a testament of this.
A few days ago, I was having a rather frustrating morning - the stress of packing, some miscommunication, a non-cooperative cat, an injured dog, and a clogged kitchen sink (caused by me) - all of these things had clouded my vision.
And then I sat down and read this.
And everything was put back into perspective.
I love how gratefulness does that.
Another beautiful soul offers her thankfuls and I couldn't be happier to have her on here. Cayley, you have been and continue to be such a precious gift to me. You've got your head on straight, and goodness in your heart - that will carry you to such amazing things. Be proud of yourself, darling. So much love. Thank you for sharing.
When Mrs. Hallmark asked me to be a guest on Everyday Thankful, I may or may not have fan-girled for a few seconds. But self-doubt crept into the crevices of my mind, asking what, exactly, I had to proclaim to the masses, what set me apart from the average Joe.
Putting self-doubt rightfully in its place, I can begin on a note that is probably highly cliché. (Please bear with me as I put you through a quick briefing, as I’m sure you may be wondering, who the heck I am. I promise I will get to the point eventually.)
Firstly, as far as I remember, I have felt my calling on this planet is to care and provide a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. I have dreamed of becoming a veterinary surgeon since the age of three, yes three, and I have not wavered from this dream.
However, I come from a low-income family, a family that fights tooth and nail just to make it week to week. The drive to make it in this world is practically instilled into my genes. You may wonder how such a struggling family could possibly afford to send their child to college. Well, fast forward a little bit. They couldn’t. With an extreme amount of hard work and sheer determination, I have my first year of college paid for - mostly thanks to the fantastic Honors Program on campus!
(Note: I did not, I repeat, I did NOT actually get arrested. The Honors Program did a scavenger hunt, and well, I found the MoSo PoPo…)
With this in mind, I have just, pretty successfully, I might add, moved into a college dorm. And if you have never experienced this, let me tell you a thing; it’s a rough time. Not only does your room look like a mitotic cell for a bit, in the process of dividing off into a separate sister cell, but it’s just a pain. I mean, the packing, the shoving, the lugging of junk up and down the stairs. In the most teenage, white-girl phrase imaginable: “The struggle is real.”
I’m just thankful I’ve made it this far, even more so for choosing to invest in an SUV that makes the phrase, “Out of sight, out of mind,” the truest statement I have ever heard. *Insert sigh of relief here.*
I’m so thankful for the experience of living in the dorms. Having three roommates is a bit of a challenge, but I have been blessed with sweet individuals with true compassion. Side note: They are also camera shy, which is why their faces will remain a mystery.
I am excited that I have become close with my Japanese, foreign-exchange roommate. I took her on her first Wal-Mart run this afternoon; her excitement made the monotonous process much more enjoyable. Many of the everyday things we take for granted are sometimes being dreamt about; I am learning to be much more grateful for what I have.
Speaking of what I have, check out the living space I’ve got for the next year! Not too shabby.
Lastly, I am beyond thankful for the wonderful support system that I have in place. Materialistic things fade away, but compassion leaves a permanent mark on someone’s life. I am thankful for a mother who believes in me, sometimes more than I believe in myself. I am thankful for mentors who have shown me how to bloom into the person I was meant to be, and I am thankful for friends who come rescue me when the whole experience is just too much.
In the wise words of one of those favorite mentors: “Stay thankful, friends.”
Sites I Dig
The Road is Home
The Seed & Plate
Sharon Covert Photography
The Define School
The Noisy Plume
Sarah Gee Photography
Fox & Owl Studio
The Stork and The Beanstalk
Mellow Yellow Photography
A Simple Little Journal
What I've Been Reading
The Girls by Emma Cline
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Never Broken by Jewel
Hold Still by Sally Mann