The celebration for my uncle was just utterly amazing. So many people attended and I heard so many stories from people whose lives he touched. It was a very difficult day, but a very special one. I hope that I made him proud with my eulogy.
The last night my family from Oregon was here, we all released sky lanterns into the night sky. The lanterns were filled with things we wrote to my uncle like, “I love you,” or “I’ll always remember when…” It was magical and yet my heart still hurts. But now, I have a sense of closure.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog feeling like I was in limbo and not sure what to do or feel after it was all over. Well, I have stumbled upon that answer. I feel grateful I had my Uncle Larry in my life. I feel honored I was able to speak at his celebration of life. I feel lucky to be surrounded by such amazing family. And lastly, I am empowered and excited for my future.
A few days after the celebration, I received an email that I needed to get my student teaching application completed. Already?! I jumped on it right away. I wrote my essays, submitted all of the paperwork, and received an APPROVED email from my adviser. Next step: placement. I got a little nervous because I am hoping to choose a location that could potentially be where I am hired. I looked to friends for advice and I think I chose a place. It isn’t for certain yet, so I won’t jinx it. But I am beyond excited. I have worked so hard and I am finally almost there, and it feels GOOD!
In the next few weeks I will be placed at a school for student teaching, completing my practicum hours, starting a daily workout regimen, detoxifying my body, looking forward to the next year of my life, and hopefully the weather will start getting warmer again. Nothing but positivity. Nothing but determination. I am springing forward.