Friday, January 11, 2013

Thank you, Universe

I'm not a religious person anymore, but I'm very spiritual. I'm a big believer in nature, karma, and balance. Although I've learned over the last few years that the mantra, "You get what you give" isn't necessarily true, I still believe that there is always balance. Things have been balancing themselves out quite well lately.
The day before we were supposed to leave for Christmas with my family, my transmission failed. Of course... things like that always happen before major holidays, right? My car was not drivable and the Hubs' truck is not for road trips. I curled into the fetal position as soon as I was told how much a transmission costs and posted a sad sack Facebook post about probably not going home for Christmas. It'd been months since I'd seen my mom and I had been looking forward to our family being all together for the first time in a long time. I was feeling pretty low.
As soon as I posted the status, a relative of a friend messaged me and said we could borrow their hybrid, no worries. I'd been thinking that we would have to stay home because we didn't have money to rent a car for four days. Letting us borrow the car was one of the nicest things anyone did for me in the last few years. Plus, my transmission failed in our driveway instead of on the highway. We borrowed the car,  made it to my family Christmas, and all of my siblings were together again. It was awesome.
Last week, one of my favorite people gave me an airfare voucher so I could visit her in Florida over my spring break. I've spent the last six spring breaks with her and I was looking forward to a seventh, but when I called to schedule my flight they said the dates I wanted to use were blackout dates and it was a no-go. I went searching for a ticket so I could go on my own, but prices have crept up to almost $700! I was bummed. I resigned myself to staying at home, reading, and working out.

A few days later I checked my email and there was an email from travelzoo.com with their top 20 travel deals of the week. In my last blog post, I revised The List and talked about how I probably wouldn't meet my goals of seeing my grandparents in California or buying my mom a ticket to California. And how interesting... one of the travel deals was a 48 hour sale on round trip tickets to San Francisco from the airport I use. My grandparents, aunt, and cousin live outside of... San Francisco. The tickets were so cheap I was able to buy two: One for my mom and one for me. Although I won't be on a beach soaking up the rays in April, I will get to see my grandparents before they move back to the Philippines! It's a good trade-off.
I can't wait to see them for the first time in six years. 
One of my favorite things to say is, "We'll see." When I'm trying to make life decisions, things are going swimmingly, or things are going horribly in my life, I respond in a number of ways: I curl into the fetal position, I cry, I dance, I eat candy, I laugh, I smirk, or I say, "We'll see." It's probably a coping mechanism, but you really never know what is going to happen. Even though I sometimes dread the future, I mostly enjoy waiting for what is going to happen next.

2 comments:

(christine) said...

what an awesome series of positive events! you're very blessed to have such kind people in your life! (and you'll have an awesome time visiting your family in california)

Joe read it. said...

It's good when good things happen to good people. It makes me think the world isn't so bad.

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