I'm A Crazy Cat Lady and I'm Okay With It

The Only Reason I Miss Home Is Because Of My Cats

Family and friends are nice and all, but cats are forever.


When I first decided to leave New England and go to school in the South, I knew I would be sacrificing a lot of time with my family. Financially, it was not plausible for me to fly home for any holiday break before the end of the semester in December. I watched my fellow colleagues fly home for fall break, and although I was slightly jealous, I knew that I had to get used to being on an abandoned campus during breaks.

Originally, I assumed Thanksgiving would be a holiday spent in the comfort of my dorm room, feasting on expired granola bars that I keep underneath my bed and a hot coffee from the one cafe that is open near me on holidays. But, my wonderful mother surprised me a few days before my birthday in late October with a text that contained information about a flight for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Without me knowing, she bought me a round-trip ticket back home for the three-day break. Although it made no sense for her to spend money for me to come home for such a short amount of time, I was unbelievably grateful.

But the first thought in my mind was not, "I cannot wait to see my parents!" or "I want to see my brother!" or even "I cannot wait to eat actual food again and not sustain myself purely on caffeine and pasta!"

My first thought was, "I finally get to see my two beloved cats."

Now, don't get me wrong, I absolutely love my family. Anyone who knows me is well aware that I hold a very close relationship with both my parents and my siblings. But every time my mom called me to check up on me, I could hear my two little kittens, my babies, squeaking on the opposite end of the phone. My mom even told me that sometimes, when we would talk, they would rub their faces on the edge of her phone as if they could hear my voice.

During high school, my cats were my greatest comforters and even better confidants. Whenever the pressure of an upcoming exam caused my anxiety levels to escalate, my cats were there to sleep on top of my homework and remind me to take a break from studying. Or, if friendship drama became too overwhelming, they would lay across my feet and listen to me talk about some nonsense he-said-she-said situation. They did this without judgment, without an expectation of anything in return. All they wanted was to hear my voice (and probably to feel some human body heat).

Best of all, when boy troubles plagued my life, my cats reminded me that the only love I really needed was theirs. Of course, my mom told me the same thing, saying that "no boy could ever love you as much as I will." At the end of the day, though, my cats won't scold me for having a dirty room, unlike my mother. They'll happily cozy up with my pile of clothes. They might even prefer to have my socks scattered across the floor.

My cats may not be able to verbally confirm this, but I know I have their unconditional support and affection. After seeing them on Thanksgiving, I'll have the motivation to survive through finals when I return back to campus. Plus, if my finals don't go so well, my cats will love me even if I fail all of my exams.

People say that a dog is man's best friend. Cats, on the other hand, are better than a best friend. They're family.

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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Trust The Process

Everything happens for a reason, all you gotta do is trust it.


So many people go through their lives waiting for the next big thing. We all don't want to enjoy the time it takes to get somewhere, we just want it to happen right away. The problem is there are so many new and exciting learning experiences that we may miss because we're too focused on the next big thing.

Everyone's life path is different and just because yours is different from someone else's doesn't mean its not the right thing for you. We are all meant to be in different places, with different aspirations, and different adventures. Never base your life achievements on someones else's, and never put them on a timeline.

Everything takes time, that's why life is a process. I truly believe that everything happens for a reason and all those hard periods of life are all learning experiences. It may feel like the end of the world when it's happening but if you really take the time to reflect, you'll understand what it taught you.

Where ever you are is where you're supposed to be.

What's the rush? Enjoy the moment you're currently in and relax. Too many people stress about every little thing. Understand that where you are, is where you're supposed to be and trust the process and plan that God has given you.

When you go through life in full speed, you'll wake up when you're old and realize you never took the time to enjoy life when you were living it. Live in the moment and everything will fall into place.

But don't get me wrong, you have to work towards where you want to be. Nothing will ever be handed to you, but if you work for what you want and trust the process, everything will turn out the way it was always supposed to be.

Fist you have to appreciate where you are and where you've been. Relax and enjoy yourself every moment you can. It's important to know your value and to trust yourself. Work for where you want to be and then let the process take you.

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