LIFE. IS. CRAZY. One minute you’re flying high, the next you’re floundering on the ground barely able to get up. But you know what? Whether I am up or down, I am always always always THANKFUL. I know from my own experience that when things get tough, when I can barely get up, it only means the universe is preparing me for something great. Something AMAZING. With knowing that, how could you not get excited? How could you not feel motivated to continue to keep taking steps forward towards the unknown greatness ahead of you?
Recently my grandpa Joe passed away. It hit me and family hard in very different ways. We each had unique relationships with him. And while we were all sad and heartbroken, I was taken aback by how my family came together to grieve the situation. As you know, each family has their differences. But when my family set aside their problems with one another, when I saw my mother, aunts and uncle sit in one room together with my grandma to support one another, I couldn’t help to feel great full and blessed to witness such a beautiful thing. I am so lucky to have the family that I have. Each person within my family has shaped me, and continues to shape me, into the person I am today. And for that, I am thankful.
And as we all know, only good can come from bad and that it is ALWAYS darkest before the dawn. Since my grandfather’s passing, I’ve been able to forge a new relationship with my grandmother. We are connecting now in a different way and its pretty special. I’ve also started talking more with one of my aunts. She happens to be one of my biggest inspirations, so I’m happy and excited for the direction our relationship is moving in. She provides me with light when I need it most and I’m so thankful for her!
One of my favorite things that has recently happened is the birth of my cousin’s daughter, Averi. And by recently, I mean as of yesterday! I am SO happy for her! I can’t even begin to express the joy I felt when my mom called me to tell me she was born. I can’t wait to meet her!
I know it sounds beyond cliché, but life literally goes by way too fast. I can’t believe my cousin has a BABY! If I’ve learned anything from my grandfather passing, its that I really do need to live my life FULLY in every moment within every day. One thing that I admired about my Grandpa Joe was that he was always positive towards me. The love he and my entire family have given me has consistently been unconditional. I am so lucky and thankful to have them :)