Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Moments of Gratitude

The other day I took Leilani to the park after school, as she ran off to play with her friends I sat down next to my friends and chatted.

As we were leaving I looked back and waved good bye to my friends. At that moment I realized I had a seat at the bench.

As I entered the large meeting room of the CUNY Welcome Center I couldn't believe it. I would be addressing the CUNY Social Media Council today. Me. A 23 year old student. As we went around the room and did introductions I found myself saying "My name is Gloria Malone, I'm a student at Baruch college and I am the author of The New York Times article you have in front of you." I addressed the council with ease and was overcome with appreciation for the feedback and suggestions they offered me about creating a CUNY student parent group.

As I left a large get together with some of my friends I looked down at Leilani's hand in mine and paused for a moment. "Do you remember what it was like when we first moved here?" I asked. No.
"Remember neither one of us had friends and we would just sit in the park for hours?" Oh yeah. "Look at us now." Look at us now. I have an amazing group of friends that are more like a surrogate family to the both of us. They always ask about Leilani, how I am, and anything else. They support me, encourage me, and help me believe in myself.

These are just a few reflective moments I had last week but they made me realize many things and above all else they made me realize that my life is beautiful because of the people I have around me and the energy I put out. In two years my life has taken me to so many places that I would have never imagined in my wildest dreams.

It's your turn, think back to your life 1,2,3, or 5 years ago and where are you know? 
Where is the beauty in the journey and in your present situation? 
Let me know :)