It has been a long couple of days; my house is made up of two floors and the first floor, where Meg and I live, was flooded with water up to waist height. Needless to say most of our possessions and new supplies bought for the upcoming year were completely destroyed. Despite being in such a tough situation, I can't help but be hopeful and realize there is a lot to be thankful for. I have posted some pictures of the damage, not to get sympathy from everyone or to make anyone uncomfortable, but to show that even in times of trouble, there are clouds with silver linings.
There are still many individuals residing in our university's Event Center evacuation site and for a couple of days I was able to volunteer. These people lost everything - their homes, possessions, and any tangible memories they made. By helping out at the Red Cross station, I was able to play a small role in helping people recover; but sadly I feel as if it is not enough. Listening to their stories made me realize how insignificant my situation is. Some individuals were extremely grateful for the help they received while others were very resentful towards the volunteers and were at times rude. I understand that they have a reason for being upset, but I have promised myself to learn from their mistakes and to always treat people with respect, especially if they are helping me out.
While I might be in a bit of a funk due to the disappointing fact that I don't know when I will be able to return to my house and that I can't enjoy any of my usual fall traditions such as apple picking (and baking a pie by myself for the first time) and decorating the house with fall decor, I'm trying to keep my spirits up. I made a fall to do-list and will try to accomplish as much as I possibly can while living in a dorm. I am humbled knowing that I have such a great group of friends and a loving family. So many people have lost their homes; I keep reminding myself that I lost a house for a bit and not a home. Material things mean nothing if you don't have the love and support of family and friends. It sounds cliche, I know, but until it happens to you, one cannot understand. I only hope that I can return the generosity given to me to others in times of need. Having a positive attitude and trying to see the bright side of things has really helped to keep my spirits up! "Life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it" - Charles Swindoll