Quick Reminder

It’s been a while since I last posted anything, but I’ve been really busy lately. Between school activities, extracurriculars, my studies, and family commitments, it’s hard to find the correct time to blog and to actually think and write. 

I won’t blabber much. I’m just here to tell you a thing or two. First of all, the most essential thing in life is to always be there for the people who need you. When someone needs a shoulder to cry on, be there for that person. When a friend needs to take a load off his/her chest, be the one who listens. The feeling of serenity you’ll feel afterwards is beyond satisfying. Not only have you helped someone out, directly or indirectly, but you’ve also been able to achieve inner peace. 

Also, be thankful for what you have. Lately, I made a decision to stop complaining and learn to accept and be happy with what I have. It worked fine the first week, so I’m trying to make it a lifestyle. Be thankful for your friends. At least I know I am. My friends are incredible, and I don’t know what I’d do without them. Be thankful for your family. No bond is stronger than the one that connects a man and a woman to their children. Family is irreplaceable. And lastly, instead of focusing on the negatives, learn to embrace the positives. 

That’s all I have to say. Put a smile on your face, be good to others, and be kind. You’re awesome, remember that. 

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A Saturday

“I’m glad I get to see you a little before I head home.”

“Yeah, me too,” I said.

He then started talking to me about college, and how he’s unsure of what to do because he doesn’t have any abilities or talents.

“Nick, are you serious?” I said aggressively.

I continued, “Do you want me to start? I’ll start anyway but…”

“Start…what?” Nick asked.

“Please. You are a great guitarist, a great singer, a great football player, a great leader, a great public-speaker, a great student who is incredibly smart, a great listener, an amazing friend….and a lot more. So please, please, please, please, please. Don’t be that person. Don’t be the person who can’t see how great s/he is. Because you have so much going on for you. And you should be proud of it.”

“But, Jane, when you talk like that…I realize you don’t apply this to yourself.”

“….you know why I’m telling you this? Because I know what it’s like to be someone who is not completely grateful for what s/he has. I know what it’s like when one is not fully aware of one’s own capabilities. I know how ugly and small you can feel when you can’t see all the good things in yourself. And I don’t want that to happen to you.”

“Jane, you should live by what you say,” he said.

“I’m working on it. I’m not totally ungrateful, you know. There are some things that I thank God for. But…there are some gaps that I’m trying to fill. Just give me time.”

Nick smiled.

“In the meantime,” I continued, “I want you to know that it’s okay to sometimes show off something you did, because you actually did do that thing. It’s okay sometimes to not be modest and instead affirm that you’ve accomplished a certain objective. Take pride. That’s who you are and you’re doing what you love. And, well, you’re good at everything you do, so be happy about it.”

Nick looked at me, and said very soothingly, “Jane, allow me to do something.”

I froze.

Before I knew it, he hugged me tightly and said, “I want you to be happy. I love to see you happy.”

“I’ll try…”

“You will. At least I know that with you in my life, I’ll always be happy.”