It's A Wonderful Life
by Leanna Hicks '16
*Cue Announcer guy in 5…4…3…2…1* "And now, ladies and gentlemen please welcome back Leanna Hicks!"
Oh my goodness thanks so much! Wow, it is great to be back here on the beautiful campus of Catawba College! (thunderous applause, cheers, whistles, roses etc.) Alright enough of that, come on you guys didn't think I wasn't going to make the beginning of my first blog post for the 2013-2014 year not cheesy and dramatic did you? Well I have to apologize to you all, I know school started like three weeks ago, but hey better late than never I always say.
What a crazy three weeks it has been! I am hitting the ground running, not wasting any time. I'm an RA this year, I am Service Chair on the Blue Masque Board, I have been given the opportunity to assistant stage manage again which is awesome and I will be in the fall musical Little Shop of Horrors and I couldn't be happier! However, along with all this happy news and while I love every minute of it, I've already had a little mini break down ....I know, y'all are like "good Lord, already? Get it together!" HEY ... you're not my mom, don't tell me what to do! Just kidding, had to become a four year old for a hot second. Anyway, I was sitting in my room just crying my little eyes out saying things like "I can't do it" or "it's like people hate me, ugh my life is so stressful" and even, at some points, resulting to the famous line "UGH I hate my life!"
WAH WAH somebody call the waaaahmbulance right? Well the other day I had a moment of clarity, a second glance at my life, if you will. I went to lunch with one of my best friends Saturday. We decided to indulge a little bit and go to Olive Garden ... man that place is good, and of course we had leftovers ... anyway, then we were going around town putting up posters for Catawba's first show of the season True West (which I HIGHLY recommend you go see, just saying). We park the car on the street and right next to my window is a man looking in the trash for something to eat. I know I just got a little serious on you guys, but stay with me. My best friend and I looked at each other and then at the bag of leftovers we had sitting in the backseat and knew what we wanted to do. We caught up to the man and told him what dishes were in the bag and gave it to him. He didn't say much, but we knew that he was truly grateful for the small amount of pasta and soup we had just given him.
Now, don't think I told you this story so you could sit at your computer saying "Oh wow, that Leanna she's great." I told this story because I knew that was supposed to happen. That moment was sent specifically to me to show me that what I'm going through isn't as bad as what it could be. There are days where we just think life is sending us punch after punch, maybe we have too many papers due or we lost a job, the list goes on. It's when those moments come to you that you start to truly appreciate all the people and privileges you have in your life. I am thrilled and honored to be involved in so many activities on campus, I'm wearing so many different hats and am truly taking advantage of the college experience and quite frankly, it's a wonderful life I'm living. I am thriving at a school that has done nothing but accept me and give me opportunity after opportunity. I have professors who truly care for my well-being and want to see me achieve nothing but success and happiness. I have friends who send me never-ending support and love and a family that is and will always be my biggest fans.
So my question is, what am I crying about? From an outside perspective some would say that your life is wonderful. I end this blog with this request, while you may have a bad day don't let it consume you. Notice the amazing things you have and always find something that makes you get up in the morning. Always know that while the week may not be going the way you want it to, it will get so much better if you let it. Now, if you'll excuse me I have to do some homework before I run off to rehearsal ... man I love my life! And as always, don't worry I'll keep you posted!