A Semester Buddy Became Lifelong Friend

A Semester Buddy Became A Lifelong Friend (Finale)

As one chapter closes, a new chapter begins.


As I come to the end of my encounter with by now the infamous Dick Hall, reflecting on this time has truly been an exceptional one... I digress ... but back to the story.

With very few encounters in between, One of the most vital ones to me was the witnessing of Dick as becoming a member of the Residents Council. After every week, seeing the love he held for each resident individually and noticing how meticulous he was with everything he did for them has really made my heart warm.

I remember him always telling us how he would love to become a member of the council one day.

He pulled out stat sheets and explained to us that along with this monthly resident's hall meeting he would add official residents meeting to his agenda. One where he would be allowed to place input on changes being made at the Downs rather than just his hall. I knew that this would be an amazing opportunity for him and I told him that if he would allow it, I'd love to be there to support him. He readily agreed and sent me all the details but I don't know if he fully believed I was to show – he kept saying that if I could make it, to make sure to let him know. I knew it'd be a stretch with my last class for me to get there on time, but I was adamant about being there as someone in his corner. I made it in just the lick of time, and I walk into women who were just as excited to see me as I was to be there.

I guess, Dick told everyone to be on the lookout for me because they knew who I was there for before I could even begin to part my lips. After speaker upon speaker, with each one nearing the end – I reminded Dick of how nervous he need not be.

Although I could tell he tried to hide it because of me, I knew how bad he wanted the position, so his nerves were certainly a good thing. Within minutes of deliberation – 3 out of 5 people were chosen and the second on the list was, of course, Dick Hall!

I gave him a huge hug in needed excitement, and he waved a great big smile to a facetime with my mom who called me just after. Honestly, after that – I looked at Dick Hall in a whole new light. He was a man full of charm and ambition and one who genuinely cared about the people who surround him. Our times spent with Dick to follow were still filled with laughs, meal dates, Easter hunts and of course residents' meetings. We spoke with Dick about our semester which was to soon come to an end but the relationship that was to continue to flourish.

I continue to look forward to seeing what life has in store for me and Dick hall and after the course of these few months, I can honestly say that I have gained a friend indeed. Never would I have thought that I would grow to adore someone who is completely different from me in such a short period of time but truly his heart is kind. He has taught me that no matter how old you are or what kind of toll life has taken you through if you have breath in your body then you have no reason to live!

There is no limit to where you can go or what you can do. I think when actively involved, this experience gives the residents at Clemson Downs more than something to look forward to. Most times when placing a relative or someone that we care about in a home or assisted living facility we become so encompassed with our lives that we sometimes forget that they are still living theirs.

This time for some is like a beam of light and a breath of fresh air. Even if once a week, they have someone to talk to, sit and laugh with or even put together a thousand piece puzzle. I've learned that it's not about who you're with or how long you're with the person but what we are doing in the time given that matters and how we make the most of it.

Truly that's what this experience was about and if Dick could again ask me the question of "What would I want from him out of all of this". My answer would be just that.

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If you've ever experienced cyber-bullying, or if you ever feel caught up in our over-critical society, Tay Swift's new song "You Need To Come Down" is the song for you. While we live in a world with free speech, and especially as a journalist I am all for that, sometimes its best to think before you speak - or tweet. We should all try to be understanding and kind no matter what the circumstance, even if it means not clicking send on some Twitter rants. These lyrics are a friendly reminder to stay calm and focus on what's important.

1. "Say it in the street, that's a knock-out. But you say it in a tweet, that's a cop out."

If this isn't the call-out message of the year on cyber-bullying (in song, at least), I don't know what is.

2. "But I've learned a lesson that stressin' and obsessin' about somebody else is no fun."

We all need to remember at times that getting mixed up in drama isn't fruitful for our lives or growth.

3. "Like can you not step on my gown? You need to calm down."

Don't let the haters control you or stop you from living, just tell those voices to calm down.

4. "Why are you mad when you could be glad?"

Focusing on hate or being critical can be exhausting, and it's better to focus on the good things.

5. "Sunshine on the street at the parade, but you would rather be in the dark ages."

Show people that going into the light is so much easier than they realize when they are stuck in a drama-cloud.

6. "You just need to take several seats and then try to restore the peace."

Instead of trying to have the last word in every fight, try to be the peace-maker instead.

7. "Control your urges to scream about all the people that you hate."

Hate never made the world go 'round. Hate was never what Jesus spoke about. And some things just aren't worth using energy to yell at.

8. "But we all know now we all got crowns."

Don't be afraid to show that you are a princess and no one can take your crown.

This song is not just a collection of Insta-quotes, but also a call-out for all of us to live better lives, to remain a positive and uplifting human in this cancel culture world. By no means should we remain silent on important issues or let people get away with bad things, but we can choose to not get mixed up in petty drama that won't matter in a week. Let's agree to be kind to one another.

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It’s Okay To Let Go

If It’s Meant To Be It Will Be, If Not It Never Was


It's okay to let go of things that you are not meant to have right now or ever. It's okay to stop and start over. It's okay to have a fresh start. It's okay to let go of anything you feel is holding you back or negatively affecting you. It's okay to be selfish in this situation and let go. Whether it's a relationship, a friendship, a bad habit, a lifestyle, or anything that is not bettering you as a person, it's okay to let it go.

There are moments in life when you can and are totally allowed to be selfish. There are moments when you can and are totally allowed to put yourself first and think about yourself before anyone else. If something is holding you back, preventing you from being who you wanna be, or damaging you in any way, shape, or form, let it go. Regardless of if it's all you know, if someone's feelings get hurt, or if you're scared because you have no idea what's going to happen, be selfish and do it for you. If it's going to be better for you to do it. If it's going to take a weight and burden off of you, do it.

If you let it go and it eventually returns, it was meant to be; if it does not return, it was not meant to be. Letting go is hard and can be very scary, but it's worth it in the long run. Whatever is holding you back from letting go, you've got a better reason against it for why you need to let go. The moment you start questioning whether or not you need to let go, you should start letting go. You can do it, and once you actually do it, you will thank yourself and start to see the positive changes.


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