One Word. Encapsulate the year 2010 in one word. Explain why you’re choosing that word. Now, imagine it’s one year from today, what would you like the word to be that captures 2011 for you?
The ones that I share a last name with.
The ones that I share a bloodline with.
The ones that share either of the above with me
The ones that have genuinely seen me through the moments that I was lost and found me when I couldn’t move on.
This past year I lost a piece of my family. . .mi abuela. We know the moment would soon arrive that we would have to say good-bye to her, but you are never truly prepared to see the second strongest woman in your life pass away. I thought I was prepared to handle that day, but I wasn’t. Seeing someone who taught me so much through example – because we’re not the type of family to shower each other with carino – pass away after going through so much pain still brings me to tears.
Now the four people who comprise my ultimate family are my pillars. It’s definitely not being an Islas because our parents have always taught us that when you begin a task you see it through the end and perform with no less than your best. . .and that over time can make you feel as if you have to work twice as hard as your neighbor. Even after all that stress – always added on an individual basis – I have learned that there will never be anyone who will come to rescue quicker than them. As always, my family, especially Bella (my mom) has taught me to keep this in mind when I feel overwhelmed, “This is just a moment in time.”
Over the past few months, I have also had the privilege of creating what I like to call The Collegiate Familia. This family consists of two branches – the Latinos and the Commies. The Latino Family consist of Priscila, Rowland, Desiree and Bri. The Commies consist of Christine, Sam, Justin and a few others. While both of these branches have completely different relationships with me, they have seen me through some of my worst moments like struggling to write an entire sports section at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday or hesitating to take that next step with the love interest. . .at the same time they have helped me realize that our time is too precious to worry about the stress our beautiful collegiate careers create. Am I forever indebted to them for helping me realize that tomorrow is just a few hours away? Definitely. Would I have survived this semester without them? Definitely not.
What is one word that can summarize 2010 for me? Family.