Saturday, September 14, 2013

Unexpected Curveball

Life. It's a crazy thing. One minute you think you're doing one thing, then plans change.
This weekend, I was supposed to be going to Italy to visit my Italian family. It was going to be such a great time of relaxing, enjoying their company, and exploring a new (to me, at least) city. I can't tell you how much I was looking forward to it.

Unfortunately, life likes to throw curveballs. Plans A, B, C, D, E, and then A again were cancelled. I wish I was exaggerating.

When plan E was going to cost me almost $200 (one way), I decided to cancel my plans. I was so disappointed I felt sick to my stomach. These people are like family to me. This weekend was going to be like a trip home. On the way back to the car, my host dad said if he were in my shoes, he would be extremely mad. I thought about that statement for a second and then realized something about myself. Yes, I was disappointed. Yes, I was frustrated that I wasn't going to see my family. But at the same time, I was trying to cheer myself up. Look at the positive side. I responded, "I am a little upset but life happens sometimes. I can always go another time."

And it's true. I can go again. In fact, I already have set plans to visit when my mom gets here. What's the fun in letting spoiled plans ruin my weekend? Don't get me wrong, I am very sad that I won't get to spend the weekend with them. I was so looking forward to it! But I can't let it ruin my day. Life is too short for that!

One of the things I've learned about myself in the past few months is that I'm a glass-half-full kind of gal. And it's something I'm proud of. Whatever you're going through today, try to be positive. If you're having a bad day, look for simple things that bring joy. If you're having a good day, be thankful! As my mom says, Look for the blessing! There is life to be lived no matter where you are or what you're doing.

Happy Weekend, Friends!

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