The other day while speaking to my younger cousin about life and being positive. I pointed out all the good things she had going for her while she struggled under the demands of her university work load. She is studying medicine at the University of the West Indies in the Mona Campus in Jamaica. I told her that she was lucky to have the experience of living in a place ableit different from her home (she is from Trinidad) is allowing her to meet new personalities and enjoy new experiences that are helping her create a new version of herself. I told her that she should rejoice in the fact that on top of having a heavily subsidised tuition her parents are comfortable enough to allow her to focus on her studies alone and not have to find work while studying. Because as I told her university is the one time that you are allowed to learn and ingest information while having fun. Yes the exams and papers are hard, but the people, the information gathered is never paralleled again. I also told her to rejoice in the fact that I, her cousin was just a phone call away and will reach to her rescue in a blink even if that simply means a little break from the book. And I think she left me that day feeling a little better about the books and her university experience and I was sooo happy that I was there.
I was reminded of our conversation today when I was feeling just like her overwhelmed with life and all the challenges that it presents. Honestly, I wonder at me and how easily I slink into depressed feelings. And then I took stock and realized that hey though things are overwhelming that is the time to take stock and look around at what is there. And through my funk I realized that today has to be the most beautiful day that I have seen in about two months. The sky was clear and the hills and mountains were most definitely defined. The road that always provokes ridiculous levels of road rage in me was car free. And if I continue to focus on the positives I have two children who are happy and healthy and safe which is something to sing about in this the flu season. So after a little prayer of thanks, the all important tv therapy and good online celebrity gossip the mood has shifted and that is good.
To all of us who are feeling happy thanks for sharing the joy and to those of us who need the cheer know that sun comes out and the rain stops. Family will fight but God is Good and we have friends on line who give jokes and laughter helps LOL.
( rambling as usual.)