I'd like to continue to keep pushing all my supporters to keep voting and getting friends to vote, but I think there is a more import item I must bring up.
To you, all of you who have reached out with your support; to you who have taken the time to vote and encouraged others to vote; to you who have followed my media coverage and read the blog...
This contest has truly been life changing. I signed up for this contest with the hopes of winning a free trip, a truly selfish endeavor; however, the outrageous support I have gotten from you has been so overwhelming and humbling.
Time and time again, I have been promoted as being so deserving of this contest and I still have no idea why. But, I do have some theories so if you will allow me to rant for only a moment, I will share with you my thoughts:
- People are people and should be treated as such. My folks always taught me that you don't have to like everyone; however, you must respect everyone. We need to start treating each other correctly; we have no idea what someone has been through or what's going on in there life so smile at each other knowing that we're all human.
- You are important. Some days you can feel low and that is okay, but don't forget that.
- Take opportunities. It can be as simple as striking up a conversation with some you don't know, just don't let life pass you by.
- And most importantly; love each other. Show the people you love that you love them. It is hard sometimes to express your feelings from time to time but it is so important to show them that you care. And don't take advantage of these people! Lean on them when you need to, but also let them lean on you.
These are things I try to live by and so far they seem to be working.
Now, I really want to win. I don't want to win just for me anymore; I think we have all worked too hard. But I'd really love to win for all you guys.
One way or another, I just want to say that this has been such an eye-opening experience and really I can't thank you all enough. I will be keeping up the blog regardless, so stay in touch!