Anna Milazzo

Officer - Anna Milazzo
Mar 12 2021

Don’t Blink

Anna Milazzo - VP

Last year, a week from today, the world shut down. We lived our last normal week and didn’t even know it. If you’re anything like me, you have spent every day since then waiting for life to get back to normal. I told myself things like, “If we can just make it through the first two week quarantine,” and then “through the summer,” but now it’s been a whole year, and we are still nowhere close to normal. Something else happened throughout this last year. It is my last year wearing my blue jacket. I was so busy “pushing through,” being completely overwhelmed by change, that now my jacket is almost gone. I blinked and the year is coming to a close. I blinked. and I missed little moments. I blinked and time was gone. I bet you blinked, too. You “pushed through,”’ a little too much and missed the joy right in front of you. You blinked because big events weren’t like they were supposed to be. It’s true; life isn’t how it’s supposed to be. It’s completely okay to be upset about this, but it’s not okay to put yourself on autopilot and check out. All of the little memories to be had during these big life moments are well worth living. It would be a shame if we missed them because we blinked. Next time I won’t blink. For the rest of this year, I am soaking it all in. Wide open eyes. Open hands. Open heart. Big moments might not happen everyday, but the little ones add up. Sometimes something we think is little, ends up being very very big. Kenny Chesney said it best, Don’t Blink.

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Officer - Anna Milazzo
Nov 04 2020

20/20

Officer - Anna Milazzo

I lost my glasses a few months ago. I had just gone to the eye doctor, so I was bound and determined to find them.  I never did, so I bit the bullet and picked out a new pair. When they finally came in, I put them on and realized how much sharper everything was. Without my glasses, I have to stare at things endlessly before they come into focus. 

 

Focus. With the craziness of this last year — Covid-19, transitioning from high school to college, moving from the smallest town to urban living — I lost focus. My world was shaken up. My vision was blurry. Why was I doing this again? What is my purpose? I was focusing on all the things I couldn’t control and my forever-long to-do lists. I was spiraling about the smallest details. Not taking time to breathe and enjoy the moments.

 

Last week, I started to see through a different lens. It was National FFA Convention week, so I spent four days straight with my state officer team doing what I love. I was reminded of the joy surrounding me, and how much I want to surround others with that same joy. I need to focus on things I can control, and on all of the amazing things happening around me. 

 

Sometimes we need a reset, a wake up call. A reminder of why we care. A shift in focus. There will always be something negative, but there will also always be something to be grateful for. So, don’t be stubborn. Get your new glasses, and be willing to see through a new lens. Choose to focus on the good.

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