good life with diana sanchez
Part of cultivating a good life is appreciating not just what we have but who we have.
If you would’ve asked me a couple of years ago who I looked up to, you would’ve heard me quickly respond, “Tina Turner!” I mean come on, she’s an awesome woman and who can’t help but sing along to “What’s Love Got to Do With It”? Well, it wasn’t until one day that my English professor asked us to write a story about someone who we thought of as a role model that I really thought long and hard about it. Who do I look up to?
I ended up writing about my maternal grandmother (and I made my first 100 in that class). She survived the death of three of her children and she raised her three living children as a single mother. She took in her nephew after her younger sister passed away, and she cared for her two brothers who had mental illnesses after her mother passed away. She lived to be one hundred and one.
My own parents are definitely my heroes. They both started working at an early age — my dad was eleven, my mom was thirteen, to help support their families. My dad worked with his father and his brothers every day and he has continued that work ethic until now. No matter what, he made sure our family was fed and clothed. My mom would come home from work and prepare dinner for her brothers. Years later we all look forward to family get-togethers because we can’t wait for mom’s home-cooked meals.
My son, who is twelve, came home one day from school and told my husband and me that he wanted to grow out his hair so he could donate it to a charity that makes wigs for cancer patients who have lost their hair due to chemotherapy. I was afraid of him getting picked on at school for having long hair, but he has held his own and has proven to us that no one is going to get in his way of reaching his goal. I definitely look up to that!
I’m always fascinated by the stories my parents tell me about their past and stories about my extended family. Some of my most cherished memories are of my sisters and me sitting around and listening to these stories and looking at pictures of our family. I just want to soak in every piece of information I can so I can pass it on to my son and his kids so they appreciate where and who they come from.
I may not be related to someone who performs for sold out arenas, but the people I love and am surrounded with have great qualities. So not only is it important to appreciate the things we have but also who we have.
Diana Sanchez is a part of our 2016 Creative Team using physical product. Diana resides in Midland, TX with her husband Shawn, her twelve-year-old son AJ, two dogs, and two ducks.