I miss writing so, so, so much. I’ve been caught up with life, school, and work that when I do have the extra time, I only want to lay down and do absolutely nothing. I need to get back into this soon though because writing really calms me down and allows me to get back in touch who I am and what I am striving for.
On a side note before I try to go do some homework (or fall asleep…), I’ve managed to check a thing off my bucket list today- I donated blood for the first time! I’ve tried twice when I was in high school and both times, I either didn’t weigh enough or didn’t have enough iron. I honestly didn’t think I would pass the test today simply because I’ve had consistent low iron levels in the past. The cutoff iron level for giving blood was 12.5 and my sample today was 12.6. All I can say is that It truly was a miracle. ^_^ I don’t think there are any words to describe how I was feeling when I knew that I was going to become a donor: excited, nervous, nauseous, happy, emotional….a bunch of emotions just running through my head because although I have always wanted to give blood, I’m also deathly afraid of blood and needles (shoots…why am I going in to Public Health again?). Fortunately I was very lucky to have one of my really good friends there for support. He came after a simple phone call and I definitely couldn’t have made it to the other side without him there to provide me with dumb jokes, farts, a hand to hold when the needle came, and a place were I could cry afterwards.
Even though giving blood is common and isn’t a big deal to people. being able to give blood meant a lot to me. A big part of it is because I have never been able to it before. I don’t like being defined and bound by things I can’t do and so I made it as one of my goals to one day be able to donate. Who knew that one day would have come so soon? It was a spur of the moment where I honestly don’t know what I was thinking but I suddenly had the urge to go give blood today. Thus, low and behold, I did. It’s such a rewarding feeling to know that I will be able to save 3 lives today. I am blessed to be a healthy, young girl that I want to be able to help others as much as I can; even if it means doing something that scares me. There are so many others who are less fortunate than I am and I can’t take for granted what I’ve been given with everyday. So we can only play our part by helping others in any way possible. It doesn’t get any better than that because giving blood allowed me to tackle two challenges at one time: I was able to help someone live while also facing my fears. Double win.
Thus, life’s given happiness #43: Giving blood, saving lives, facing your fears.