"That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around
you and love you when you’re not so lovable."
- Deb Caletti
I'll never forget my senior year of college.
I often talk about how I fund-raised my way to studying abroad in London, but very few people know how I truly got there.
All I cared about my senior year of college was making my dream become reality. My dream, at that time, was to become a successful fashion designer.
I thought studying in another country would set me apart from other candidates entering the fashion industry, so I had to make it happen— even if it drained the resources of my family.
Through my "High Five for $5" campaign, I raised half of the money for my study abroad tuition. Time was running out, though, and half of the money wouldn't get me to London. I needed another $5,000 and I needed it quickly.
My grandma cosigned two loans for me in the past—one freshman year and another sophomore year of college. I knew she had the ability to do it again.
With the end goal in mind, I did what any desperate 20-year-old girl who wanted to make her dreams come true would do, I asked grandma to co-sign yet another loan for me.
To my surprise, she said no.
My grandma was the only option I had left, and I was furious that she said no. I was working two jobs and going to school full-time while maintaining over a 3.6 GPA.
"The least my family could do is get me to London. " I thought to myself.
In spite of my anger, I humbly called my grandma a second time. After pleading with her for over an hour and making promises that I thought I would be able to fulfill, I convinced her to co-sign the loan for me.
That's how I made it to London.
The greatest gift in the world is love. I can tell you endless stories of people who have shown me unconditional love throughout my lifetime—even when I didn't deserve it.
My grandma didn't have to co-sign three loans for me, but she did as an act of love.
Love isn't an emotion; it's an action and a behavior. Love is unconditional acceptance and support. Love is working together to improve the happiness and well-being of those around us.
The greatest gift we can give anyone is love because that's the greatest gift that was given to us by God.
Challenge: Do something nice for someone you love this week.
Are you showing love or are you just being loved?
Think of ways you can be more loving to those around you.