As of almost a full month ago now, Shane has joined the Air National Guard. He is oathed in and awaiting his time to go to basic training in Texas. It’s crazy just in the past five months how much has changed, how far along we have even come as a couple in the past two years. I have always felt that our relationship has been more than just that crazy lovey dovey stage that everyone seems to go through in a few months and then the next thing you know they are seeing other people. Granted I still can look at him with those “longing” stares and just love him to death, but at other times I can instantly change directions and be completely pissed off at him over something minuscule. After I have seen my parents’ marriage as well as my relatives, I can honestly say there is so much love in my family. I have seen nothing but successful relationships and amazing marriages, so I guess my outlook is way different than others.
We have been through some really rough times since moving, but we have enjoyed our time here more than we ever had together in Florida. It truly was a blessing in disguise to get the job up here. Everyone goes through hard times, and it has helped me tremendously to be able to talk to my parents, as well as my grandparents about everything that is going on. When they tell me about their sacrifices that they have made for each other, the things they did just to make ends meet, it gives me more hope, that even though the struggle is hard right now, we will make it through even stronger than when we went into it. I admire my elders, I think a lot of young people look to older people as unimportant, just a hassle to their ways of life. If you want to know the true struggles they are the people to go to. I am fortunate enough to not only have both of my parents alive and healthy, while also together for 23 years now. But I also have both of my grandparents on either side, as well as my great-grandparents on my dad’s mother’s side. My great-grandpa is a Vietnam War veteran, who has been on prosthetic legs for about five years now. He still drives a huge diesel truck – of course with hand controls- and goes about his day-to-day activities effortlessly. My great-grandma has recently undergone surgery that has not resulted in any quick fix, but I am happy to say that she has come out alive. I am thankful for that more than anything.
There really isn’t a point to me telling everyone all of this, but my whole spiel with this whole montage is that people need to be thankful more often. Others may be struggling too, as Americans we tend to think the world revolves around us, but it doesn’t. Most people aren’t as fortunate as you, or me, we all have a life of our own and need to realize that we need to be grateful for what we do have. I would never put a price on family, because money comes and goes, but when it comes to matters of the heart, when our loved ones leave, that is the real heartbreak. You can steal my car, my money, but my family, they are irreplaceable. Enjoy the time you do have with your loved ones, because unfortunately time is limited with them. Everyday we get in our cars, we are at risk to never go home again. It’s the harsh truth, so I will make every moment that I have count. Be thankful for the air you breathe today, it means you are alive.