Some weeks pass by without me even really noticing. Other weeks seem so long and so real that I can barely believe they’re all the same length. Last week was definitely one of the latter. It wasn’t particularly hard and, though not great, I’ve had worse. Regardless, it ended up being a great week for appreciating my friends. One of my friends could tell I was having a bad week and wrote me a letter to try to make me feel better. Other friends were there to talk or just sit with me whenever I wanted their company. I also had the opportunity to hang out with a lot of friends I hadn’t spent enough time with. In that way, it ended up being a great week.
One particular high point was getting to hang out with the other Global Engagement Fellows. The Global Engagement Fellowship, in case you don’t remember, is made up of a select group of students from a variety of majors who value foreign languages, study abroad, and global cooperation. We come from lots of different backgrounds and have lots of different interests, but we have enough in common that I always enjoy talking to the other Fellows. This week we had an open mic night where we all told stories from time we’d spent abroad. It was so fun to hear about even more places abroad that I haven’t been. I was able to tell some of my stories from China, while others told stories from several other countries across the world. In those two hours, I was able to travel all over the world. Stories do that. They allow us to travel through other people’s memories. I’m grateful to have had that opportunity. I got to see Morocco, Italy, Mozambique, and other places I never really thought I’d go. And the languages. Each of us is studying a language of our choice, but we all love languages. So, everyone had to go ahead and speak in the language they were studying so the rest of us could hear that language. It was an incredible evening.
I’m blessed beyond belief by the number of awesome friends I have. I sometimes take them for granted, but I don’t want to. I never want to forget, even for a moment, how incredible the people I’m surrounded by are. Whoever you are, I hope you don’t forget that you’re loved either. Sometimes it can be easy to forget that people care. But someone does care. Someone always cares. Even if you can’t feel it and can’t see it, know that someone cares very deeply about you and would cry for you if they knew you were hurting. Have courage, no matter how bad the week or the month or the year. Eventually the sun will rise. That doesn’t mean the bad things will stop, but the sunlight reveals all things equally. Then you won’t be forced to see only the pain. You’ll see all the bright wonderful things as well. Trust me, last week even the moon wouldn’t show its face, but the sky is beginning to clear and the sun is rising. Just try to hold on until dawn breaks in your life.