Oh, also as a side note: today is the 16th... aka my lucky day. For some reason, I'm suspicious into thinking that good things happen to me on the 16th of months. I've got the proof to back it up! Still waiting...
This past weekend I drove down to Washington D.C. to visit a good friend of mine followed by a trip to Columbia, MD to stay with my cousins. :) There's something about a getaway from home that rejuvenates my soul. Of the 48 hours spent outside of Yahhdley, I probably spent about 3 of them stuck in my head. If you do the math, it equates to 1/16 of my entire weekend. Whoa. I couldn't help but to smile all the while in D.C. and the day could not have been any better. Not only was the situation comfortable, but it felt 'right'-- like I was meant to be there. I even grabbed dinner at (hold your breath) Subway. Double whoa. Unfortunately I left the city before the Pitt football game began and drove to Columbia. However, the moment I stepped into my cousin's house, I felt a surge of relief, love and warmth. My cousins, though very young, bring out the best in me and I love spending as much time as possible with them. Every time I heard, 'Re-bec-ca' sing from the voice of one of those little angels, I was reminded of my self-worth and motivation to stay healthy. They love, admire and look up to me as a role model so I must act appropriately and set a good example. Once I was home, I recollected on the weekend and put all the events into perspective. I am alive and well and that's good enough for me. There is a life beyond ED that calls my name, and right now I feel omnipotent-- unstoppable.
Love them, despite the fact they are Redskins fans :)
There are thousands of other, blessed angels who have been recognized by a teenager. I recently read a remarkable story about an adolescent who sings for the youth and has already impacted thousands of lives. Her story portrays a young hero who aspires towards a meaningful, generous life. Brooke Robison sings for toys. Brooke, 16, belts out Christmas carols in toy stores to encourage donations to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program. When she found out that gifts for teens were in short supply, Brooke started Toys for Teens in her home state of Utah. Thanks to her efforts, nearly 3,000 Utah teens have received holiday gifts. The program is now expanding to 13 other states. The Build-A-Bear Workshop recently named Brooke one of its 15 Huggable Heroes-kids who make a difference in the lives of others. She will be featured in Build-A-Bear's calendar and will attend this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Brooke recently spoke to Teen Newsweek associate editor Mary Kate Frank about her work.
I believe it.