This is my Gran.
Even though it is one of my favorites, I inherited so many things from her aside from my red hair. My love of reading multiple books at a time, my humor, my appreciation for a good underdog story, my stubbornness and my strength – and I’m just naming a few. Gran is undoubtedly the strongest person I have ever met and I look up to her more than she could ever possibly understand. Everything I am, she helped me become. She has the utmost faith in all of my decisions, even when I am beyond unsure of most of them. She knows exactly what I need, even when I do not. I could never find the words to thank her enough for all that she has done for me. But I can sincerely say, I would not be the woman I am today without her unconditional love, guidance and influence.
Gran never fails to calm the storm that inevitably stirs within me from time to time. For some reason, it is remarkably easy for me to get all caught up in other people’s ideas or opinions of how my life should look. One of the most valuable lessons she has taught me is no matter how messy it may get – never deny something that your heart genuinely wants. If you love something – love it completely, you will only regret it if you don’t. It is no secret that life and love can get chaotic sometimes, but as long as you stay true to yourself, you will never look back one day wishing you had done it all differently. Unfortunately, I cannot say that I have gotten to the place in my life where I have fully accepted that I somehow cannot continuously impress or even moderately please everyone at all times – but ultimately, even if the world is against me, I know she will always be in my corner.
Gran, I love you more than I could ever put into words. Thank you for being the person I can always count on. Thank you for your strong and sound advice. Thank you for spoiling me and showering me with everything I could have ever wanted or needed – to this day. Thank you for supplying me with countless memories and laughs. Thank you for never letting me forget how blessed I am. Thank you for instilling me with confidence. Thank you for giving me the courage to unapologetically be myself. But most of all, thank you for forever having unwavering faith in me, even when I do not seem to have it in myself. You are truly the perfect grandma.
Believe me, how lucky I am to have such an inspirational and loving grandmother in my life is not lost on me. I don’t know if it is just the nostalgia hitting me (as it usually does soon after my birthday), or what – I just wanted to give you a small glimpse of one of the people who mean the most to me. To all of you that know her, I am certain she has touched your life in some significant way, big or small. Even if you are not blessed to be a part of my family, I am absolutely positive that my grandma loves you all the same. And to all of you who have not had the pleasure of meeting her, it is not too late.