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To The Moon & Back

Today’s post has two purposes: celebrate my very first college friend’s birthday and continue on with the 30 Days of Truth Challenge. Let me first take you back five years ago to August 2008. I happened to get lucky and land the single room at the end of the 4th floor short side hallway in Peabody Residence Hall. The single was nice but the hall itself wasn’t. Yet, I created the absolute best memories there and made a lifelong friend in the process.

trishbdPoor Trish was the girl who lived next to me freshman year. I honestly think we became friends because I was so loud and she heard all of my conversations through the super thin Peabody walls. Thank God for those walls. She was my first real friend at Temple and five years later, she is one of my best friends and the most level-headed person I know. I often wonder how someone who is so calm and laid back could be a friend with someone as high-strung and insane as me. But she is and for that, I am very grateful. This leads me to the next Truth Challenge prompts:

Day 15 → Something or someone you couldn’t live without, because you’ve tried living without it.
Day 16 → Someone or something you definitely could live without.

Part one: While Trish and I have pretty much been friends for our entire college careers, there was a time when our relationship wasn’t as strong as it is today. This was due to a lot of things that have subsequently changed for a variety of reasons. That being said, I don’t ever want our friendship to go back to that place. I know I couldn’t live without Trish, her perspective on life that helps to keep me calm and grounded. In broader terms, I know I couldn’t live without my friends – maybe not the exact same people but an inner circle that I rely on for support and advice. My friends keep me going; without them, I don’t make sense.

Part two: There’s a laundry list of things (even people) I could live without. However, one thing I know I could live without is drama. That is one of the many things my friendship with Trish has taught me. The drama is just not worth it. Life is simply too short, as cliché as that sounds. Trish has the patience of a saint and is happy just being with people. She’s not high maintenance and reminds me that friendships (or any relationship really) shouldn’t be. There’s no need for drama; talk it and hug it out and things will be just fine.

moonMy life has changed more than ever since I started college. The one constant has been my friendship with Trish. She has consistently and happily shown up during the last five years. There’s no way I could ever express how grateful I am for that. I know I say that about all my friends but in reality, she has been the only there, on the ground with me at Temple for the entire time. The memories we have are priceless and hysterical. I know the future only holds more great things for us. Happy Birthday Trish!

Family Fridays: When Family Gets Divorced

MousepadAs we all probably know, divorce happens, for a variety of reasons. While I am a child of divorced parents, I do not think I am any worse off because of it. My parents did an amazing job raising us in a positive, loving environment. I was so little when it happened that I don’t really remember life any other way.  I am proud of my parents and think they made the right decisions. Today, I can’t necessarily say the same for entire my family.

So all families have drama. It’s unfortunately a given. There’s the uncle no one talks to, the grandmother everyone only talks to because it makes life easier and so on. It’s sad to think every family experiences what I’d like to call a family divorce; when family members don’t talk to one another. Pretty sure all of us have to go through this. For a while, I thought my family was different. Silly Alex, how could you possibly think that?

Collectively, there is a lot of drama and family divorce with my large family. I won’t bore you with the details but to say we have embraced the feuding Italian stereotype would be an understatement. I understand everyone is upset, hurt, frustrated and does not want to compromise. That’s fine I suppose. I just thought my family valued each other more. I can guaranteed you that once this post is published, I will have 20 irate comments, text messages and phone calls. So family members reading this, please do not be offended. I am not singling anyone out nor am I blaming anyone. I am simply saying the drama upsets me and I do not wish to be a part of it. But, I still love you all very much. fambam

So what are you supposed to do when everyone is fighting or better yet not speaking? I do not want to take a side. I want to maintain all of the relationships that are important to me. Hard to do when everything is muddled with drama. I’ve been told just to care less but that, as mentioned previously, is an extreme struggle for me. Any and all advice is appreciated.

Right now, I am just going to focus on the positive aspects of my life and live each day for me.

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