Since I was a teenager, I’ve been told that my life was doomed with misfortune. It’s not a very nice thing to say, but I think it’s a Korean-cultural thing… I suppose it’s because I lost my mom at a young age, which was the beginning of chain reaction of events that led to more unfortunate events in my life.
Not much has come easy in my life. I’m not naturally book- smart (I know, shocker… right?) I actually had to work and study in school (yup, I guess I’ve just broken the Asian-stereotype too!) Even decision about college came at a high price (that story is for another time). Even getting financial aid (when everyone else’s checks were just ready for them when semester started) was difficult and required many hours of standing in line to fight public school bureaucracy to get my grants and loans before getting kicked out of school. Many life decisions did not come easy for me… it involved pain, agony, and many tears. I really don’t like drama–seriously!!! But drama just follows me… from drama-filled dysfunctional family to dealing with drama-filled people at workplace to my personal life!
Murphy’s Law seems to be the anthem of my life! When things go wrong, my friends automatically blame me (sometimes jokingly… other times, seriously!) It’s a miracle that I’m still alive and not badly hurt… after all, whenever anything can go wrong, it often does in my life… I can seriously write a novel about this–in fact, few friends keep telling me to because most ridiculous things happen to me–NO JOKE!
With all the misfortunes in my life, it’s amazing that I can still keep my head up and smile… because to be honest, there’s a lot of reasons to bury my head under the blanket and just sleep my life away! However, God’s been reminding me with not-so-gentle nudges that that’s life! Life wasn’t meant to be easy–especially as a God-fearing, God-loving person. Life isn’t all about sunshine, but it’s often the storm that brings out the true self. Life isn’t always smooth sailing, but weathering through rough waters is what builds character and strength. Life isn’t always about the good times, but the difficult times help us to understand how blessed we are to have had better days… and there’s hope in better days to come again.
The misfortunes in my life has helped me appreciate the good things. It has helped me not to take laughter for granted. It has helped me understand the blessings in my life. It has helped me to be grateful for what I have. In fact, misfortunes have helped me to be the person I am today… and I’m thankful for all the misfortunes that I have experienced–even the really, really bad ones because it’s made me to become the stronger Gloria Lee that wasn’t there before.