There are three things in life of which I am certain:
•1. Everyone needs to spend some time in Marion, Alabama
•2. Separation makes the heart grow fonder
•3. You have to be happy with your own life
So, let's start with number one shall we? Marion, Alabama is just one of those towns in which you cannot truly appreciate life without spending at least some part of your life here. When my mom (being a Marion native) turned 18, she joined the Air Force. She wanted to leave the small town life behind. So, you can only imagine her surprise when I told her that I wanted to head to Marion for college! The small town life is not for everybody, but everyone needs to experience it. It makes you appreciate everything you have a little more. I love going out to eat at the Mexican restaurant and the waitress there knows what I want to order! She KNOWS!! It's the connections that you make with people here that in other places you would never get a chance to know!
Secondly, distance makes the heart grow fonder. It sounds pretty self explanatory, right? Not hardly! When someone you love goes away for awhile, it's definitely hard. You think that two months without talking to someone would be ok, right? You make it ok even when it's not. You get up every morning and you continue on without complaint, because you know that what they are going through is much harder than the class you have to go to or the test you are about to take. You wonder what I'm talking about and who is missing in my life? Only my best friend; Coast Guard boot camp has taken him away from me, but I know that our relationship is strong enough to survive two months. I miss him every single day. I couldn't be more proud of him.
And the last thing that I am certain about is happiness. You have to be happy with your life and where it is going. You can't let your life be dictated by others. The only thing you can do is be yourself and not worry about what others think. You have to make yourself happy. All you've got is all you can give. If you aren't happy with your own life and where it's going, make the change. There is only one you and be proud of it. Enjoy each day like it could be your last.
Just some things I've been thinking about. Hope it helps someone else out there!