Today is a big day in my household. It’s the day my little sister goes off to college and moves into her new dorm. I know it’s not like she’s leaving forever, but it’s still weird and, I’m not going to lie, sad. She’s my best friend in the world and I’m going to miss her like crazy. Sure, she’s close enough that we’ll be able to see her at least once a month, but it’s still a big change.
While I’ve mostly been preoccupied with the fact that I’m going to miss her, I have to admit, I’ve also been a little envious. See, I never had the full college experience. When I was in middle school, my family suffered a tremendous financial blow, the effects of which still linger to this day. Things have gotten better, but my mom still says that they’ll probably never fully recover from that period in our lives. Because of everything that happened, I couldn’t afford to go away to college, so throughout my four years of undergrad and two years of grad school, I lived at home. Even though several kids do that to save a little money, it’s something I’ve always been insecure about.
However, everything I’ve gone through in the past year has inspired me to stop dwelling on the experience I didn’t get the opportunity to have, and all the amazing and wonderful experiences that I have had, and that I hopefully will have in the future.
This post isn’t really about my book or my work as a writer, although seeing that through has given me more confidence and self-respect than I think I’ve ever had in my life. It is a little self-centered, but I think it’s good for everyone to take a minute and think about everything extraordinary about their lives. The shooting stars, if you will. Here are a few of mine.
I’ve hiked to the top of a mountain.
I’ve seen the Red Woods of the West Coast.
I’ve visited Heaven on Earth.
I’ve danced with a beluga whale.
I’ve worked an amazing job as a summer camp counselor.
I’ve seen my favorite band live in concert.
I’ve earned my Master’s Degree.
I’ve enjoyed a sunset picnic on the beach.
I’ve been inside a fairy tale castle.
I’ve eaten Haggis.
I have not one, but two of the best friends in the world; two people I trust completely and know will be there for me no matter what. And that’s a rare find even one time around.
I’ve played in the mud for absolutely no reason other than that I could.
And I’ve started my own business and written a novel that will be in print and an eBook in exactly one month!
I can’t wait for whatever happens next!