08/25/2016 - You may be wondering why I haven't written a blog post in a while. Seems like there's months in between posting these entries, but it's not like I forgot about them. I guess my time has be occupied with more important things. One of those things: Living life.
For the longest time, I have always made excuses on why I don't see my family in different states and why I never just get up and explore the world. This year I have been blessed enough to afford both with my money and time to spend on experiencing what the God's Earth has to offer. Too many times I have allowed myself to not experience the enjoyment of being with the ones I love.
A few weeks to a month ago, I visited Alaska for the first time in 20 years. Yes, 20 years! Living Alaska at the age of 4, I really did not have much memory of this place I was born. The only thing I could really remember is the mountains in the distance of the city. I was then reunited when I walked off the plane and was welcomed by these massive monuments. They made me feel as small as an ant. Unlike the tall skyscrapers of New York, the monuments were God-made. These mountains were so tall that you could see that they could touch the clouds. I admired the beauty God placed on Earth, so serene and tranquil. I could not help but be still.
While I was in Alaska, I saw faces that I have not seen in YEARS. Though some of them have known me all my life, I felt like I was meeting them all over again. As the first conversations started, they welcomed me so lovingly that I couldn't help but shed those feelings of being among strangers, but being among family. Who knew that my aunt would stand in the rain to grill food for Timo and I? It just made me realize that we are loved. I learned so much about my father and mother from the stories told around the dinner table. The aggressive Popz that I was raised by had come a long way from what he had become before. Even while typing this I feel like I want to cry of joy about how far my Popz has come from his previous endeavors. God is extremely powerful.
The biggest take away from the experience and most special moment would have to be meeting my older brother's parents. I was amazed that my older brother had grown up with such an awesome mother and father who would do anything for him. My brother is extremely talented. He knew how play instruments, play almost every sport, and most importantly had a lot of heart in everything he did. I'm so happy that I was able to learn more about him. Most importantly it made me realize so much about my mother and how her unselfish act gave him a great life.
All I can say is that God is so fuggin' good. He has been able to shape my life so much with these experiences and I am so grateful that He never ceases to give me lessons about life. Please, live your life. Go out there and see the world. Get to know your family and friends on a deeper level than the surface. Just live.