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Learning about the real world is not always good

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By SAM HATCHER

Our youngest daughter graduated from college last year and has entered the real world.

Or perhaps I should say she thinks she has entered the real world.

She has a job. She gets up early in the morning and commutes daily to Nashville to that job. She is learning what a budget is but is still having problems segregating “I’ve got to have this” from “I really want this.”

Young Kalyn is now a young adult having real life experiences.

She learned last week that life’s not always a bowl of cherries.

Perhaps it was her first encounter with a real world experience.

She got a phone call from her former college roommate, a very close friend with whom she had shared a very important time in her life.

The call was not good. It brought bad news.

Kalyn’s friend, who had landed a position with a prestigious Boston financial firm right out of college, had not been feeling well since Christmas. She said she seemingly felt tired all the time and just couldn’t muster any energy.

After a visit to a Boston physician and a series of tests, her friend learned almost immediately that there was a reason for symptoms.

She in fact, at the age of 23, was in a battle for her life. She was diagnosed as having leukemia.

For Kalyn the news hit hard.

It was in many ways a wake-up call that said in a deafening loud voice that the real world does have its problems.

Kalyn talks with her friend each night and will go to Boston this weekend to sit with her as she continues treatments to hopefully put this terrible disease into remission.

This young girl, one of Kalyn’s best friends, has seen her whole world turned upside down in just a matter of days, maybe even hours.

And, as for Kalyn, she now knows that life can change on a moment’s notice. It can be all good today and bring new issues and challenges tomorrow.

That’s life.

And that’s the real world.

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