[Image by Tom Spaulding]
Tonight, I worked as an In-Seat Server at the Rivercats game. Even though it was really hot today (around 95 degrees), we got a nice breeze from the delta this evening and the ballpark was nice and cool. As I watched the sun setting behind the scoreboard, shining pinks and purples across the faraway clouds, I realized how lucky I am.I have three jobs (which is a blessing in itself since a lot of people are unemployed right now), which I absolutely adore. At Rivercats games, I get to watch the sun set on the river delta and on the city of Sacramento, as well as work with a unique and fun group of co-workers, amidst a sea of cheering baseball fans. Could it get any better? On the weekends I get to promote delicious ice cream for a great company (full of great people) in the coolest store ever, Whole Foods, around Whole Foods employees, who are pretty much amazing. Then my Hornet Bookstore job allows me to chill out and do some organizing on my own, which I always enjoy.
My family is the absolute coolest. Each and every one of them is continually caring for me, even when I don't want them too, haha. We have so many stories and inside jokes, and I'm sure compared to most people we're really weird but that's why I love my family so much.
The friends I have made throughout the years continue to awe me. The people I have in my life are so unique and wonderful, and I love spending time with them. They probably don't know this, but I look up to my friends, all in different ways. Each person has a different attribute that I try to emulate, whether it be humor or originality or passion or what-have-you. Sometimes when I have plans, I really just feel like staying at home and doing my own thing, but when I go anyway I realize I can do my thing with my ladies, and I love being around them.
Last, and of course not least, I'm very lucky to be in a relationship with Jonty. He has all the qualities I wrote about my friends above, and he also has my heart. Just knowing that I have him makes me a happier person in everyday life. It's hard being away from him this summer, but I'm lucky that we're able to talk to each other so much, even face-to-face on Skype.
I can't believe I'm leaving for the UK in a little over five weeks to start a Masters program. Not many people have opportunities like that, and I am incredibly lucky to be one of the few who do.
I'm lucky to be healthy, to have a home and food, to have people to love and people who love me, and to have huge opportunities. I'm lucky to be me, too. I have enough confidence to know that I am intelligent, strong, and positive, and I'm happy to be who I am and where I am.
My life is beautiful. And I'm very thankful.