A few weeks ago, I wrote about my daughter retaking the MCAT in preparation for applying to medical school. Her persistence and dedication is unwavering. What surprised me this week was her essay that accompanies the school application, and it is causing me to reflect on my own life lately.
The theme of her essay is how grateful she is for her young life so far. She writes about the love and support from all four of her parents, plus grandparents, in helping reach her goals. Coming from a child whose vocabulary very rarely contains the words, “thank you,” I was both moved and surprised. The tone is simple and sincere – she acknowledges that she has not struggled like many of her friends and that she is fortunate to have her life experiences so far, despite a few setbacks.
The emotion she revealed was humbling and profound: the sheer gratitude for being able to pursue her dreams and the acknowledgement that the obstacles she faces are helping her become a better person. It made me wonder…when was the last time I expressed gratitude to my friends and family for helping me on this journey? (more…)