The Little Things We Take for Granted

Hey everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been active lately, but with college, studying, social life, and all the work that I had to do, I didn’t have much time to write anything.

To begin, my first semester’s GPA came out and I must tell you that it was very, very satisfying. I can’t tell you how proud I am of myself. Everything was awesome.

Unfortunately, I had a little accident last week and got out of it (thankfully) alive, but with a broken ankle. The doctors fixed everything by a small surgery and in 2 months I’ll be good as new! I’m great now though, I promise.

Brace yourselves, the life lesson’s coming. Haha!

From that little accident, I learned two very important things. First, I learned to be thankful. After the accident, mom said something very true: “Thank God it’s just that, and not worse.”

That sentence made me realize that God did indeed save me. I mean things could really have been so much worse; my ribs could’ve broken, or it could’ve been my hip or even my skull!
Here is where I apply what I’ve learned: every time someone brings up the accident and starts talking about all the negative things that happened, I say “Thank God it’s just a matter of ankle, and not something more severe.”

In fact, this makes me realize that we are never thankful enough for things that we do every day. Have you ever thanked God for being alive today? For waking up today? For being able to breathe today?

The second important thing I’ve learned was that every little thing that we do should be acknowledged. Let me tell you that ever since the surgery, the smallest acts, such as putting on a sock, have been a struggle. I never noticed how frequent movement was. Actually, I never noticed how much movement and muscle contraction putting on socks needed! I always did it so quickly that movement was neglected. This opened my eyes on the fact that my every-day actions, such as putting on a sock or even standing in a balanced manner, were things that I had taken for granted my whole life. And this also makes me think that we always do everything so quickly and never take the time to observe how things work, and how everything we do is perfectly coordinated by that body that was so meticulously engineered. Ah, you know what they say: You don’t know the true value of something until you lose it. Now, I understand this.

At first, I was very affected by the injury. It brought me down that something of the sort happened to me, and my inability to move other than on crutches really frustrated me because I couldn’t do the things I was usually able to do. Then it made me think that I’ve been sad about it for a week when some people were unable to move their entire lives. That kind of brings us back to being thankful for what we have…but it also highlights the fact that we take the small things for granted.

God forbid anything from happening to anyone of course. Remember that physical disabilities, whether permanent or temporary, shouldn’t affect your personality. You can still make the best out of your life, trust me. I promise you that everything will heal. Anything from broken bones to broken hearts to broken spirits can be healed…it just takes time.

Do something good for someone today: visit someone at the hospital or do some community service this week. Smile to others and pray for them. Pray for yourself and your family. And most importantly, be thankful for the little things.


April 30th, 2017

I believe I have gathered enough “life lessons” to write a decent inspiring post.

I would like to begin by telling you that no matter how tough the obstacles you’re facing might seem, and no matter how impossible you think life’s being at the moment, it’s important to remember that time always makes things better. When you give things time, without trying to interfere every now-and-then, things eventually get better. Time offers people the chance to look back on whatever has happened. For example, if two friends had an argument, the logical thing to do would be for one of them to apologize. The problem in many cases is that none of the people involved in the argument accepts to admit that s/he is wrong. However, if this is the case, I suggest that each person gives things some time, because the others would still he enraged, and having a discussion with someone who’s mad never goes far. Give the others 2-3 days to calm down (and don’t bring up the subject before then), and that is when you can try to fix things. Time heals.

Another thing I would like to talk about is learning to not be selfish. And by that I don’t mean selfish as in not giving others anything, but as wanting your favorite people only to yourself. Let me elaborate because I am haunted the most by that bad trait. My best friend and I talk every day, and I introduced that friend to my other friends and I was completely cool. But with the years, I started feeling like my best friend and my other friends clicked so well and I had no place in my best friend’s life anymore (yes, maybe I’m overdramatizing it). The sad part is that I started blaming myself for introducing my best friend to other people! The thing I want to tell you is that people can’t be yours. We would love it if they could, but they can’t. And perhaps it’s all in your head. I’m pretty sure your best friends love you a lot (and I do mean a lot) but you have to give them their space! I know it hurts to see your best friend and other friends bonding so well, when you know it’s what you and your best friend always had, but that’s life, and you can’t really stop it. It definitely hurts, and I get it, but you can’t go up to the person and say “hey, no talking to anybody else but me.” 

The last “lesson” I want to mention goes as follows: 

Never, ever, under any circumstances, think that everyone is better than you are. Certainly there are people who are smarter, prettier, or funnier than you are but that doesn’t mean that everyone is better than you are. I am 100% sure that you are extraordinary, that you have a gift the people who are prettier/smarter/funnier would die to have! You are incredible just the way you are, and somewhere out there is someone who will think that you are nothing less than phenomenal. 

That was it for this post, and I would like to tell all the fellow readers out there that  yes, I do talk to you like I’ve had my entire life figured out, but in reality I don’t. Obviously. But these are things you are taught and things you learn every day of your life, and spreading morals and life lessons is actually a good way to grow and turn to the better. Never settle for less than what you deserve, learn to live and be happy even if it takes time, give without taking, love unconditionally, forgive the haters, forgive your mistakes, and keep blogging. 

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. 

Dear Anyone,

I have come at last to the conclusion that I mean nothing, only when I think about it. You know it’s hard to see others succeed so easily when you fail so much. Yes, I fail. At a lot of things. I fail at being relaxed, I fail at keeping surprises a surprise, I fail sometimes at friendship, and well you can see where this is going. But hey, we all need to learn how to move on. Sure, I may be bad at a lot of things, but if there’s one thing I’m pretty good at it’s forgiveness. Forgiving others, and especially forgiving myself. And of course, I might sometimes say that I’m a failure, or I stink at everything I do but I tell myself that bringing my spirit down won’t lead me anywhere. Yes it’s an expression of sadness, I know, but definitely not a definition of who I should be and how I look at myself, because even when I fail, I know I’m not a disappointment, and that other good things will take place when I forget past mistakes. You might tell me, “Maria, it’s easier said than done”, and I will tell you that yes it’s easier said than done and I’m telling you that when in reality, I do and say things that are much worse because honestly, no one really accepts failure. But look, we all need to learn to stop dwelling over things that have gone by, and turn a new page. We just have to start step by step, and we’ll be happy again even after we tumble. So, shall we at least give it a try?

I’ll finish this with the lyrics of a song that means a lot to me and it’s a song about not giving up at all: “Maybe we’ll turn it all around ’cause it’s not too late, it’s never too late.” (Three Days Grace)

Tuesdays with Morrie.

A pure masterpiece.

A book that teaches you about life values, love, sacrifice, family, relationships, how to deal with death, how not to surrender to the love of money, how to view life from a new, better, perspective and much more…

Morrie, a professor in the field of sociology and diagnosed with ALS, teaches each and every single reader a valuable lesson: how to live happily. Morrie is going to die, and he knows that he’s going to die, and he keeps reminding others that he’s going to die, but he never lost a single taste of happiness. Throughout the story, Morrie teaches Mitch, his ex-student, many valuable and inspirational lessons, including how to love endlessly, and most important thing of all, how to be human.

I cannot describe how powerful the impact that this book had on me was. It is by far the most touching and amazing book I have ever read. If you don’t end up crying, then this book did not move you enough, I can guarantee you that.

To the author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom, you are a pure genius, and I respect you as both an author and as a person.

Here are very few of the many — many — memorable passages found in the book.