Realizations: Appreciating new things
Saturday, November 3, 2007
By Rachel Chisholm
that I am older, I appreciate so many more things in my life. I would
always laugh at my parents or older siblings when they would say,
“You’ll appreciate this some day, Rachel.” I completely understand now.
For example, my mother’s incessant need to take a picture of every
award ceremony, party, recital, performance and formal event grew
rather tiring. I hated it at the time, but am now so appreciative of
the memories she captured. I ran across some of these pictures the
other day at home and literally both cried and laughed out loud. I
really should thank her for them all.
I also appreciate now more than ever, early mornings. I still like
to sleep in some Saturdays, but get much less irritated about having to
wake up early. I even like to wake up before noon, which is a very new
thing in my life. I can’t sleep in past 10:30 a.m. anymore and never
thought I would reach this point.
I now look forward to spending time with my family as well and
appreciate them much more than I ever realized. I love my family and
have always had good relationships with them, but now treasure the rare
time we get to spend when we are all together. I took that time for
granted until my siblings started to move away from home.
Life changed so rapidly when my sister graduated, got married and moved
to Norman. Her move was quickly followed by my brother graduating,
getting married and moving to Texas a year later.
I suppose this moving away process is a normal realization for the
youngest born, but one that is hitting me harder now that I am quickly
approaching my own graduation. We only are all together on holidays
now, and are all busier than I have ever known us to be. I enjoy the
time that we do get to all be together and laugh at how much I miss
everyone when we aren’t together.
I appreciate school so much more now than ever as well. I never have
liked school or studying at all. I am the only one in my family that
isn’t extremely studious and have received grief from them my entire
life for it. Now, I actually like school, just in time to graduate, and
appreciate the skills that I have gained from my college experience. I
am, however, so ready to graduate and continue learning in my field.
Perhaps the most defining appreciations are my relationships with
people. I am proud of my friendships, and don’t think often enough
about how lucky I actually am to have people in my life that care so
much about me and who I become. Those realizations are imperative.