Fast forward to May, my little cousin was graduating from High School. She is an only child and the apple of her parents eye, so when she decided to move away for college I knew my giving key was about to find a new home. College is such a stressful time, and with her moving to a new state, a new town, and a new environment with no familiarity at all, I knew she was going to experience moments where she was overwhelmed and might find it difficult to press on. So as her graduation gift, I presented the key, explained my story to her, and told her the strength it gave me in hopes it would do the same for her.
I don't know if it will mean as much to her as it did to me, and I don't know if she'll ever tell me whether it did or not. But I know for me that key provided so much strength and provided me with a gentle reminder that I just needed to slow down, take a deep breathe, and relax. That is a lesson that is not always easy to learn but is much needed for a more positive and happy life.