This weekend at ASU is finally family weekend and I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I have been all week waiting in anticipation. The part I’ve been most excited for is getting to spend quality time with one of the most influential people in my life, my mother. This weekend is truly a tribute to her; to the woman who has raised me with such strength, courage, and compassion. I would not be the person I am today without her, without her guidance. My mom and me have one of those relationships were we’re a mother and daughter duo and best friends (the way it should be). I can’t even begin to describe the countless amount of times this woman has picked me up when I have fallen, the number of pep talks I have received before going on the court at one of my volleyball games, the times she has dropped everything and anything to come to my aid, and all the love and support a daughter could hope for. Hands down the most genuine, selfless, caring, and supportive woman I have been fortunate enough to know, and I could not be more proud to be her daughter.
Now… as you can see, spending the weekend with my mother accounts for the 1/2 amazing part of family weekend, but now let’s get into the other 1/2, the bittersweet. Family weekend, to me, means both parents, but for me, this sadly won’t be true this time around. At the beginning of this year, my dad switched jobs and is now currently living in an entirely different state than us. So, although I am grateful for my mother’s company, it’s a bittersweet feeling to know my dad won’t be by my side as well. However, this has given me the chance to gain some perspective, so for a minute think about all the out-of-state students. When I took a second from my own life and stepped back, I realized how fortunate I truly am. Yes, it is true I wish my dad could be here this weekend, but I guarantee so many other students feel the exact same way. So what’s the takeaway?– The lesson learned from all of this is that no matter what unfairness you are dealt, no matter how wronged you feel about something or how much you wish you could change the situation, find the positives in everything. Anything you are going through, remember someone has either suffered through it too, or someone is out there suffering through it with you right now as we speak. Try your best to understand and to accept that some things we may not have much power over, but that it is our choice to make the best out of every situation and to find happiness in every encounter we make and in everything we do. I implore you to reflect on your day, your week, your month, and to think about a moment or two that you chose to be happy- a moment of conscious effort, where you decided you would make the best out of the cards you were dealt and roll with the punches. I believe this test will speak for itself.