It’s kind of crazy that my 22nd birthday is coming up. I’ve been reflecting on what 21 has been, and how it’s gone by so quickly.  Many of the things in my life in the past year have been constants, and many have changed, but I think the biggest change has been in me. I have had some big realizations, mostly about my future and the realities that are coming up (some big post-college plans). There are so many times in life that break us down and we need each other. I think that’s something that I’ve underestimated. Thinking back on what I’ve been through and what others have been through, we’ve pushed through because of the support of others. I don’t really sit around often enough to think about all the love in my life.

In January, my life was literally saved by my best friend. She has been a shoulder to cry on. My mom has come to visit me at school a million times, doctor’s appointments, everything. She has driven me wherever I needed to go since I couldn’t drive. My boyfriend has done everything he can to make me happy not only in the past year, but in these past 2.5 years. My doctors have heard me out and done what they could to help me. I came to SHU for the summer not knowing anyone that would be there with me and have managed to find some of the best, kindest, most fun people. I didn’t know what impact any of these people would have had on me, and I am so blessed.

It’s pretty similar the other way around. I have had the privilege to help my friends and family through breakups, family struggles, illness, you name it. I am so lucky to be able to be there for the people who are there for me. There’s nothing better than to be that person for someone.

It’s interesting to think about what would happen if I didn’t have all of this love in my life. We all play such important roles in each other’s lives. What if we had to go through life alone? What if we didn’t have the support of our loved ones? Or the kindness of strangers?

This is your reminder to think about the people that have done right by you. That have been there through the hardest times. Make sure you’re there for them, too, but also, feel privileged that they come to you for comfort and for your love. It is one of the best feelings in the world to not only help someone, but to have your loved ones right by your side when you need them.

I’m not sure where I’d be without all of the people that love me, that listen, that call me to check in, and the kind strangers who become great friends. You know who you are.

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