One of these moments for me was when I was sitting at the bottom of the Grand Canyon on the beach after a long day.
Another was just now. As I sat with my guide dog Lang curled up in my lap I took the time to
reflect on my life. First I thought about everything I have been doing to raise money for the American
Cancer Society. Normally I am so focused on where I am going that I don’t think where I have come so
far, which made this moment so special. I not only have raised a lot of money which can go towards
helping a lot of people, but I can honestly say I am giving all of the fund raising efforts everything I have
and at the end of the day there isn’t much more someone could feel proud of. After reflecting on my
American Cancer Society efforts I began thinking about my friends. Although sometimes I question it, I
really have developed some great friendships at Ithaca College that will continue even after I am gone.
Also life is honestly empty if you can’t share it with others, so I’ve learned to appreciate everyone I am
lucky enough to have in my life. The next area I took time to reflect on was my efforts with
MounTimPossible. It is wild to think of how last July I was just talking about it and the closer and closer it
gets to January the more real it becomes. I am not only talking to key people to have everything in place
to succeed, but I am sharing what I am doing with others who are honestly touched and inspired to
follow their dreams as well. Also the support I am getting is aweing. Friends are willing to do so much to
support me, people I don’t even really know believe in me, and everyone I talk to really thinks I can
make a difference. Honestly this feeling is like no other and I just feel so at peace and ultimately blessed
for where I am right now in my life. After thinking about all of these thoughts, I put my lips down by my
dog’s ear while he is still clutching his squeaky tennis ball in his mouth and whisper you are the best
thing that ever happened to me. My dog has taught me to appreciate the here and now, the little
moments that honestly make you laugh, and also that sometimes you need to just take a break from
everything going on in your life to play a game of fetch; even if it is in a cramped dorm room. I can
honestly say I am blessed for the here and now, and if I had one piece of advice for anyone reading it
would be take a break and go play your game of fetch.