When Life Gives You Lemons…

By Mackenzie Ross
Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013
It was going to be an awesome weekend.  I was headed to the 2014 Distinguished Young Women of Alabama competition, and I couldn’t wait to see my friends for the first time in months!
Then came the dreaded call.
“Mackenzie, I’ve been in the ER with Granddaddy all night.  They are admitting him to the hospital.  We can’t go to Montgomery this weekend.”
When I first heard those words from my mom, I was disappointed, shocked, and scared.  I quickly realized my plans for the weekend would have to change, but worry and anxiety for my granddaddy overshadowed my disappointment at not getting to go to Montgomery.  Anyone who has had a grandparent or family member in the hospital knows it’s never good to hear someone is sick and in pain.
So I loaded up my car and headed home.  Once there, I rushed to see my granddaddy, and I was relieved to hear his pain had lessened and the doctors were tackling the disease.  Once my initial fear was removed, I was overwhelmed with a sense of thankfulness at being back home.  Granted, I’ve only been back at school for two weeks, but I am learning that any time I get to spend with my family is precious time worth cherishing!
Over the weekend, I was able to visit with my grandparents, share quality time with my mom, and help my sister in her preparation to compete in our upcoming local Distinguished Young Women competition.  I have no doubt that I would have had a blast with my friends in Montgomery, but God had different plans.  He wanted me home that weekend.  So I went home, and I ended up having an amazing time with my family.
Ever since coming to college, I have learned that plans change, and sometimes we have no control over what happens.  However, it’s not so much what happens, but more about how you react to the obstacles you encounter.  I encourage everyone to make the most of every opportunity or challenge because you could finish with something better than you imagined.
“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
Mackenzie Ross is a college freshman at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Political Science. Originally from Meridian, MississippiMackenzie was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2013. Learn more about Mackenzie here!

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