Tuesday, October 7, 2008
100 Years of Sisterhood
For the past 2 years, I've been engulfed in planning a centennial celebration for my sorority. Although I met many people via email and over the phone, as well as reconnected with out-of-touch sisters, I am so relieved it's over! Don't get me wrong, the weekend festivities were a ton of fun and I'd do it all again, but my own well-being was affected to the point of exhaustion. For my sanity alone, I can proclaim that I'm glad it's finished, over, kaput! I am proud of my accomplishments, planning for 375 guests is no easy feat. As you can imagine, trying to please all 375 is next to impossible but I think we came close. I couldn't have done it without my other co-chairwomen and a few collegians. It's funny how when you sign up for authoritative positions, you feel on top of the world, honored, excited. However, once you delve into it and realize you're the one who everyone will be looking to, you're the one with all the answers, and you're the one who has the success of the event resting on your shoulders, the honor gets swept away into the wastelands.
I'd be remiss if I didn't discuss the positives. This weekend was a great chance to go back in time to those wonderful, carefree college days of yesteryear. Whether it be to reminisce of the days I lived in the sorority house, the countless Monday night meetings in the basement, date parties (although admittedly I didn't attend many), or even just walking on campus again, it was an emotional time. It made me stop and think about the past and also be thankful for the present. While I'd love to go back to the somewhat easier days of college, I'm also blessed to be where I am today, with a wonderful husband, son, family, and friends. I also have a wonderful job that I wouldn't trade. Yes, college was fun but that was then and this is now. We can't dwell on the past, but only look forward to more wonderful adventures. It was wonderful to see old friends and get the chance to spend some time with them.
I think sometimes we just need a little refresher course in reality, a realization that what we have is more than we could ever dream of. I have some of the best friends a person could ask for. I'm thankful for my sorority days whereby I cultivated some of these friendships. There are many naysayers who like to say people join fraternities/sororities so they can buy their friends. Although I completely disagree, my money bought me some of the best and I wouldn't trade them for the world. I will cherish these friendships forever!