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It's a good day to be living
Posted Oct. 12, 2007

Madison Steff
Life Editor

Every now and then I catch myself complaining about almost everything, but this past weekend I took some time to sit outside by myself and do a little thinking.
Everyday I wake up and begin my day with either school or work. Sounds like fun, huh? But I have come to realize that I am truly lucky to be able to do just that.

There are many people around the world who do not have the freedom to choose what they do for a living, who they marry, or even what they wear, but I do and so do all of you.

I am thankful for all of the men and women who have served my country and fought for my freedom and I wish I could do more than just write a little column to let them know how much I appreciate everything they have done.

I consider everyone who has ever served in the United States Armed Forces to be a hero and I just wanted to use this opportunity to say,“Thank You.”

I am so proud of where I come from and all that it stands for. When I see an American flag flying high, I just can’t help getting a little choked up.
Besides the fact that I live in the United States, I am lucky in so many other ways.

While growing up, I had one of those magazine-looking families where everything seemed perfect from the outside but behind closed doors it was the exact opposite.

Through all the trials and tribulations my mother, sister and I have been faced with, we have formed the most amazing bond that will never be broken. We aren’t just a family, we’re best friends.

It sounds cheesy, right? Well if you know me at all, you know how true that statement is. Whether it’s guys, work or that time of the month we always can count on each other. Although I got stuck with one of the worst dads out there, having the most amazing mom and sister has made up for every negative thing he has ever brought into my life.

On top of my mom and sis, I have some pretty great friends. I know that everyone says that they have the best friends in the world, well I’m pretty sure that I do. No matter how many times I fall down physically or mentally, they are there to pick me back up again.

I love how I can call any one of them in the middle of the night hysterically crying and with just a few words they can make me feel like everything is going to be alright. Or how I can say one little word and we can laugh until we pee.

I am quite the handful and I give my friends a lot of credit for putting up me with me all these years. Whether I’m walking home from Montana’s, eating a whole cheesecake because I’m sad, or have my head in the toilet (from the flu of course) they always seem to get me back on track.

Sometimes this thing called life gets a little crazy and sometimes I’m not too sure I can make it through, but no matter how hard it may get, I’ve just got to sit back and think about all of the amazing things in my life.

I am just so happy to be alive, live in the land of the free and be surrounded by people who care. If you have affected my life in any way shape or form whether I know you or not, I just want to say “Thank You” because you have made me who I am.

If anyone out there is having a rough day just smile and remember it’s a great day to be alive.

Madison Steff, a senior communications major, is LV Life editor of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at msteff@ulv.edu.