I guess you could say a part of me would have appreciated receiving a little piece of advice from The Universe telling me to just stay in bed when I woke up this morning. But, then I wouldn’t have been cornered by rooster, reminded that I really don’t like birds, laughed at the essence of timing and how it’s never really been on my side, brushed up on my español, and acknowledged just how much I love my crazy, beautiful life. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

I went to my favorite country store/coffee shop in town this morning to kill some time before a meeting. This place is located on an apple orchard with a farm-like feel and is really the perfect place to grab a coffee and a pastry and just relax. So, there I was, sitting with my friend in the greenhouse, minding my own business and sipping on a chai, when suddenly Wish started ferociously barking at a rooster that decided to waltz in right towards us.

With nowhere to go (I was sitting in the back) and Wish getting more uneasy, my friend ended up having to chase the little beast out of the room. Twice. Flustered, yet very relieved, I was then approached by a woman who asked if my friend was a caretaker or relative. Because how could I ever possibly have friends, right? Her reaction to finding out we were friends upset me, but I brushed off her ignorance for the time being, decided we needed a change of scenery, and headed outside only to then have a bird poop on me.

Despite the morning mishaps, I was way ahead of schedule and figured what better way to turn this day around than by arriving early, thirty minutes to be exact, to my meeting for once. It was a rather rough morning, but I decided to embrace my inner Taylor Swift and just shake it off. So, that’s what I did, and as I did one final check on my phone before heading inside to our meeting place, I noticed I had a text that read: “hi meeting canceled.”

It was a good effort on my end, but clearly not good enough. That’s when I finally decided to just throw my responsibilities out the window, call it a day, and enjoy this gorgeous Indian Summer we’re having in the Northeast. And, I did. Aside from having the most perfect November afternoon at a park by the bay, I also had the opportunity to brush up on my Spanish skills when a passerby asked my friend if I was her “hija”. Yes, that’s right, the woman asked my friend, who’s the same age as me, if I was her daughter. Soon after, we left the park laughing at how bizarrely eventful this day was.

Through the chaos in which I call my life, there’s always a lesson to be learned. Today, I learned a few, and I thought I’d share them with you.

1. Be grateful for the people in your life and never take them for granted. I’m incredibly fortunate to have friends, to know what it’s like to be cared about, and to always have a shoulder to lean on. Not everyone has that kind of person in their life, but I do, and I should feel more appreciative.

2. Sometimes life doesn’t go according to plan. So, roll with the punches, create a better plan for yourself, and put on some Christmas music and shamelessly blast it down the highway. Because Mariah Carey Christmas will never get you down.

3. Don’t forget to laugh at your crazy, beautiful life.

Author: Alyssa

Chronicling my journey while teaching the world that I have SMA, but it will NEVER have me. Life's what you make it, dare to make it a remarkable one✨


  1. And THAT is why I think you are amazing! Your outlook on life, your attitude towards everything and just for being you!! I love these blogs – thank you so much for sharing 😊

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