“Faces that have charmed us the most escape us the soonest.”- Walter Scott.
Everyone had left the room, so in earnest my Grandmother and Imade a rope of tied together bedsheets,and I put Her on my back andthrew the sheets out of the window. Thentogether We scaled down the side of the building and away to safety and intoaworld of happiness.At least that’s what I envisioned as I sat next to mydying Great Grandmother in a rehab facility bedroom. The family had come to the conclusion that She was soon to be departing Earth, so everyone had come to visit Grandma before She left. However, when I was left alone with Herwith this vision in my head, I started to describe the adventure We’d have together while She giggled. Of course in reality both of us were pretty much stuck in that room. I could no better sling Her on my back as much as She could make Herself young again. Sometimes, as hard as we try it seems impossible to change ourselves. Even though I wasn’t able to make our comic book adventures come true,it doesn’t mean thatnothing else is possible. In realityWe can’tall jump out of windows, even though in our dreams we can.Luckily, in thisWorld our dreams are possible ifgiven the right environment and the chance. Even though I may not have been able to whisk my Grandmother away, Her wisdom still remains. One that taught me to to get up andget dressedto meet the day even whenno one isgoing to see it. There’s something to be said for an effort thatdoesn’t beg forattentionbut is simply for ones self. This illustrates that youdon’t need validation from others to be complete.Atwhatever age until She was 97, my Grandmother got ready and dressed for the day even if She was alone just watching television. How appropriate that a Woman that had lived through the depression taught me to have class and to value what you have. By enduring an era that was so well acquainted with lacking Shelearned to value and appreciate whatShe did have. That’s something we all need to realize and work on.
“Trials teach us what we are; they dig up the soil, and let us see what we are made of.” –Charles Spurgeon
Growing up can bedifficult, but being an adult is even harder. We are continually tested, with exams in school,our patience,in our ambition,by children, and even in our relationships. Not only do these things test us,but even time tests us! Within life there are multiple tests nearly everyday. However, Wetend to forget that life itself can be one giant test,and one in which thereare no retakes. Not to mention, youwon’t be graded on a curve.My particular test has been an illness(or accident)that with it broughtgradesnot of letters,but of emotions,and in steps of recovery. I no longer had to memorize book knowledge,but instead bring forth mysoul into something tangible that would carry me through the circumstances. A correct answer on atest wasn’t going to achieve the goal of walkingbetter(or at all)for me. Instead of answers I needed to take action and ask even morequestions of myself. Now wasthe time to grit my teeth and employ my resolve to see just how much Ihad learned in the class of life thus far. It came as no surprise that class is not quite over,and the teachercan be a harsh one. She generallyoffers no retakes when you fail,but when you catch Her on a good day you’ll receive quite a few, so try not to screw it up too badly(ha-ha). However,the entiretyofthe class cannot be retaken. Therefore, it’s best to show up everyday,be present,be mindful,and certainly be kind to your classmates. As it turns out when you employ these tactics in astate of positivity, it becomes increasingly easier to ace anything. Also, don’t fear graduation day too much(see here). Since We only get to take this class once, I think it’d be a grand idea torise to a challenge with the reply “this is exactly what I need,” anddon’t let too many opportunities pass you by.Even when said opportunity is daunting, remember a marathon is completed by taking that first step.