Happy Monday friends! I woke up this morning to a sunny, blue sky and a whole new attitude. How often does that happen on a Monday?
As you could probably tell, last week was pretty rough for me. Although there were good parts, the bad ones still loomed over everything. Thankfully my family came to the rescue once again, and by 7 pm Friday night I was headed home with my mom and sister. A mere week apart from them seemed like MONTHS. But we picked up where we left off, like nothing had ever changed.
This past weekend was instrumental in helping my mental and emotional state. Granted, going home the first weekend of my being at college is probably frowned upon by all those “Ways To Survive College” blog posts and lists, but it was what I needed at the time. Plus, I’m a huge advocate of doing whatever you need to do in order to improve your happiness. And prior to this weekend, my happiness level was sinking far too low for my liking. So I went home, and I let my family play their part in helping me get better.
To see that my mom cared and worried enough about me to drive two hours just to come pick me up for two nights, and then another two hours back on Sunday, was enough for me. The gesture was so huge and the gratitude I held was consuming. In that moment I was overcome with love and support and that’s all I could have asked for.
My drive back with my mom yesterday, however, was kind of the “cherry on top.” In other words, her advice and her willingness to listen to my doubts and fears gave me the strength that I so largely lacked. She helped change my outlook on my situation; because even though I’ve felt lonely and scared and completely out of my element here, she assured me that things WILL get better. She has hope and faith in me and that’s something that I myself wasn’t even sure I had.
So instead of looking at this semester, or rather this year, in complete dread, I am going to look on the bright side from now on. I am surrounded by amazing, caring people all around. Not only did my family help me through that little rough patch, but my incredible friends did, too. Tricia was there for me on my first nights away, she was kind of that shoulder to cry on, she knew what I was going through and she knew what I needed to hear. It’s so reassuring to know that even though she’s four hours away, she’s still right there for me. And Reena, who is across the globe right now, still showing so much interest in how I’m doing. She’s traveling across the world and she takes the time to ask me those little questions that make me feel cared for. I am so so lucky to have these two as friends. I love you guys.
What I’ve learned is this: things can and will get better. Sometimes the burden can be too much to handle on your own, which is why you need a little help every now and then. Surround yourself with people who will be there for you through everything, people who will send texts asking how your day was, people who inadvertently and intentionally show their love for you, people who will know when things are wrong even if you don’t admit to it. Surround yourself with people who make you feel loved and who radiate happiness and positivity. Those are the people who will get you through the dark parts in your life, hold on to them. Never take them for granted.