“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the ‘present.'”

17 07 2010

If you know where that quote is from, you may be giggling to yourself. But think of it coming from an old wise man, not an old wise animated turtle in a Jack Black children’s movie.

I’m writing tonight at 3:20am simply because I need to say something. To say exactly what’s on my mind in the simplest of words would be to say that I’ve been having the best week of my entire summer thus far! But there’s so much more to it, and so much more on my mind….so, here comes one of my slightly insightful rants…
I finally got the chance to see an old friend this week, for the first time in eight months. Sounds like a long time, especially for such connected teenagers of this day and age….believe me, this has been a LONG time coming. It sounds even more silly for an 18-year old to be saying she has “old friends”, but regardless of all of that, this one little thing just took my week from being the already incredible week it was, so something above and beyond. This is a friend I met doing something I love so much I can’t fully describe with words… and after a long and crazy year filled with even longer and crazier dramas, I know that nothing in the world could have made me feel more happy than getting to run into them by strange fate at a public event full of thousands of people. This one event mixed with tons of other smaller happenings have made me feel like lately, my life has gone from something that I already loved, and turned into something that is making me look at every single day more carefully and become even more thankful for the opportunities I am presented with, and the people that fill the 24 hours I have in every single day. I am surrounded by such an amazing support group, and such wonderful people.

I just feel the need to put into words how thankful I am for the people who have seen me grow and play and become the person who I am today over the past 18 years: my friends. We have rough patches, and we go through phases, but seeing friends you think may be long gone, to seeing friends you spent your elementary school days with, all of it just makes me realize that there is something special and unique about the group of comrades I have, and the love i feel for all of them. You never know when friendships will wither and die, or flourish and grow, but I do know that everything happens for a reason, and I love taking this time to look back and just express how thankful I am about how many things have flourished for me over the past four years.

As I head off this week to go on my final mission trip with St. Luke’s as a member of the youth, I realize now how much these friends and opportunities I have had or gained through being a part of this group have meant to me over the course of the past 3 yerars. I know my life has gone in a completely different direction since SLY and all the people in it have been introduced into my life, and I also know that my life will never be the same because of them. My wish is that these next 7 days are filled with wonderful memories, incredible stories, and heartwarming moments that help me continue to find the little wonders in my everyday that I have been celebrating so much lately. Every friend I have, through SLY or not, has pushed and encouraged me to continue these Mission journeys. Through their support i’ve not only found a stronger relationship with my religious beliefs, but i’ve also found a stronger me, a better friend, and a better person. I hope this next week continues my streak of good fortune and countless memories that make me so thankful to have the life I lead.

My wish for this week is that as I am off dedicating my time to “find something deeper” in my everyday by serving the people around me, that all of the people around me can have the same “ah-ha!” moment’s that I have been having lately. That they might too find pure joy, happiness, and love for their lives and the people in it right now. My wish is that things stay the way they are now, and when they do begin to change and differ as all good things do, that I will be able to look back on these times and remember that feeling like this is not impossible, and I will always be able to find my way back. Today is truly a gift, and I intend to celebrate it and the joy it has brought me as much as I can.

Hopefully I will have TONS of great stories and photos to share with you when I arrive home, but until then, don’t forget to count your lucky stars and be thankful for everything life has to offer 🙂

xoxo

Currently Listening: “Lazy Afternoon” – Rebelution


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