Staying optimistic

by Astrid Rangel

For the first time in a while, I am sick. At this point, I don’t even know what it is. I thought it was the flu, then I thought it was allergies, but now I just have no clue. It gets worse at different times of the day and every day it is different!! So my first response was to try to figure it out myself and I had absolutely no clue as to what to buy. After about an hour of mindlessly going through every single aisle at CVS, I decided to do what I should have done since the beginning. I called my MOTHER.  Once she got past the “I told you to take care of yourself” lecture,  she was able to tell me what to buy to kind of help with my sickness.

See, what I wanted was to cure a sickness by myself and it just didn’t work out, and in a way I’m okay with that. I had only gone through that when I was at home, and everyone in my house would just throw medicine at me so that they wouldn’t get sick themselves. Now, since I’m by myself, no one was throwing medicine at me. The good thing is that I am partially okay now; I’m still kind of sick but not as badly. So the advice I can give you is: Call your mom when you have no idea what to do. I missed classes and felt terrible for about three days before I even called my mom. It was a terrible mistake that I hope you guys don’t make. Really, if it’s not your mom, call somebody who could help. Don’t try fixing it yourself if you have no idea what to do. It simply won’t work.

On another note, this is me now with my heart on my sleeve telling you all to appreciate what you have. I came to the realization last week that I have a lot to look forward to. See, I got some bad news the other day and this is me trying to handle it. I called my mom last week and I asked how everyone was doing. We had some small talk for awhile and then she asked me if I am wearing my glasses. I reminded her that I had lost them and she freaked on me. I didn’t understand why, until I asked her.  What she told me next left me breathless. It was as if someone had punched me right in the gut and all of the blood in my body went straight to my feet. My 12-year-old cousin had gone to the doctor and they told her she had just completely lost sight in one of her eyes. They also told her that if she didn’t take care from now on she could very well lose her other eye as well.

My first response to this was, WHY? How does something like that happen to a 12-year-old? Yes, I knew she needed her glasses and that she had sight problems but I never thought it was going to escalate to that extent. I had so many mixed emotions; it was just horrible. I know we all go through hardships, but it is what we do after them is what really defines us. The thing that gave me hope was the way my little cousin reacted to the situation at hand. She told her mom that it didn’t matter if she went blind, because she would get a guide dog and that made her really happy. I mean, where does a 12-year-old get the strength to say something like that?

Image by Andy Heatwole / @smtxphotos

Image by Andy Heatwole

You might be asking yourself, where is she going with this? Well, if a 12-year-old can be optimistic about something like that, we can too.  We have to appreciate what we have and how we have gotten here. I know for a fact that everything I have done to get to where I am, I have worked for it, and everything I will get in the future will be because I deserve it. So, when you fail a test, study harder.  When you feel alone, reach out. When you have a bad day, don’t worry — there are many days left to go. Remember it is only a bad day not a bad life. Always look for the bright side of things because I am sure there is always something good to find.

Go out there and embrace everything you have. Even if it something as simple as how your hair looks today, the way that leaves move, the friends that are by your side, your sight, your smell, your touch.   Those are all important things, so today notice all of that and keep doing it because no matter how bad things look, you are here, you are a Bobcat and no one can take that away.

I hope everyone has a good week! Much love, Bobcats 🐾🐱❤


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