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A year ago today...

A year ago today Julio and I graduated from Guide Dogs for the Blind's Oregon campus's 103rd class. I can't believe it's been a year. I feel like I've changed a lot in that time. In some ways, I'm still processing what happened to me in training. There were so many lessons I learned. Even if I had not gotten a guide dog, I still learned a lot about myself. But the training/bonding with Julio really changed me. I think it's forced me to grow up somewhat. I think it opened my eyes. I learned that sometimes life sucks. And it happens to everyone. But more importantly, I learned that it's okay to feel. It's okay to have emotions. It's okay for me to be really happy. It's okay for me to cry. I still have to remind myself of these things.
I think I learned more about love, too. I learned that even when you love someone, they can still hurt you. I learned that sometimes the things we hate most and wish never happened are the very things that give us strength soon afterword.
Through Julio I learned how to walk proud. I learned that the pain others feel can become your own. I learned what it means to care for someone else. I learned that discipline does not mean that you don't love someone. I learned more about my energy threshhold and pain levels. I learned to take care of myself. I learned that prayer is really and truly helpful. I learned so much.
Julio's really changed my life. I like walking. I can honestly go on a walk for enjoyment now. I can smile as I feel the sun on my face and the wind in my hair. I can go places I'd never go normally with a cane. I can truly enjoy things.
I'm having a hard time summing this all up and it's rambling. But I love Julio, and I'm so proud we made it this far!
Hugs!
Nickie

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enchanterglen
Aug. 21st, 2005 07:47 pm (UTC)
COngratulations. What a year it has been for you, but, Julio is obviously one of the biggest events, and Julio has really made an impact on your life! This story itself is quite inspiring! Take care!
HUGS
Glen
amm_in_paris
Aug. 22nd, 2005 12:18 pm (UTC)
Fe-li-ci-ta-tions!

Smile.
caitlin45
Aug. 22nd, 2005 06:23 pm (UTC)
Wow
It's reading stuff like this that makes me sure I want to try and get a guide dog. Everyone just seems so happy. I really hope i can have a good experience like you did. :D
XOXOXOXX,
Caitlin
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