The day was February 3, 2015. I was getting ready to go to sleep but first, I had to set the alarm for my 8:30am class. I looked down at my phone and noticed that I had a missed call from my dad. I found it extremely unusual because he only calls me maybe once a week and I had just called him the other day to remind him to deposit more money into my bank account. Surprised, I called him back immediately.
“Hello? Why’d you call?” I asked.
“I don’t want you to worry too much but your grandma was just diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease,” my dad said.
Everything my dad said after that was a blur. Tears raced down my face and for a second, I thought I was dreaming a nightmare. ‘Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!’ I told myself. ‘This isn’t real life. I’m dreaming. No way in hell this is possible’ I kept thinking to myself as I pinched my whole body trying to ‘wake up’ from this nightmare. I was in denial for a few hours and I ended up staying up the whole night, hating myself and feeling guilty for not spending enough time with her.
I never had a close relationship with my family. Because of dad’s job as a diplomat, I’ve been moving countries almost every three years ever since I was an infant. Although moving countries was exciting and fun, it put a huge strain on my relationship with my grandparents in Korea. I grew up with them from age one to three and five to eight. I remember my grandma teaching me how to read and write Korean, taking me out to the park and getting ice cream with me. I cherished every moment. However, that was when I was young. After I moved away, I was never able to maintain a stable relationship with them. Being thousands of miles away, it seemed impossible to keep a strong connection with them. Our re...
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...h us, but the othe way around. We stayed with the bad. Then we walked away from it. Why? Because we saw a reason to. So things happen because they’re just there. They happen. But reason is up to the person.
I believe that misfortunate events in life are just a part of life. But sometimes, bad things happen so even better things can come together. Not everything can have meaning, but one thing that definitely does, is every “tomorrow” that comes after every day. Sometimes “meaning” is vague and blurry but I’ve found every “tomorrow” and used it to walk away from the bad because my relationship with my family has drastically improved after my grandma was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Nothing in life is a given so cherish every moment, even the bad ones because after the pain and fear fade away, there will be something greater waiting for you on the other side.
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