I warn you in advance, this is a long blog. In fact I’m going to write it in two parts, so I hope you stick around for both segments.
I have a few things I am crazy-passionate about:
1. Paying It forward (Hold the door for the next in line, smile at a stranger for no reason, pay for the person behind you in line because you can, doing a random act of kindness expecting nothing in return).
2. Keeping a balance in life (saving vs spending, eating healthy vs splurging on my favorite foods, keeping enough positive thoughts in my head to keep the negative self-talk at bay)
3. Having fun at everything you do (You only get one chance at life, don’t be held back by your fears. It is your fear that keeps you from even knowing what you are missing. Take a leap of faith)
4. Loving my family with every fiber of my being. My family are “my people” . The consists of blood and non-blood relatives. Some by marriage, some by adoptions and some by many years of love laughter and tears that has made them mean more to me than any birth-right ever could. These people in my inner circle of life keep me ground and still encourage me to keep my free spirit flying happily with the angels in the clouds. I need them.
5. My faith in God. I am a Christian Woman. To me that is a very beautiful and bold statement and one that I am most proud of. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my savior and have placed my eternal faith in him forever. I have experienced many miracles big and small, in my life and have no doubt there is a power greater than myself at work lighting my path. Without him there is no doubt in my mind I would not be here today. I am stubborn and hard headed and I some times need a giant blinking neon sign to fall on me to hear God’s word, but it is there everyday of my life. All I need to do is be still and listen.
There are many other things in life I love and have passion for and want to share with the world, but the above 5 are the key ingredients to may life. Now with that said, I want to tell you why these things are so important o mention.
As we start out in life we fall down and get bumps and bruises on our knees. Our moms and dad help us up and brush us off and send us back on our way hoping we learn from whatever caused the bump in the first place. Maybe don’t run so fast on the wet grass, maybe don’t hit the brakes on our bikes as we try to jump the speed bump. These are lessons we only need to learn once. The scrape or bump hurts, but heals and we move on with no major scars. But what about the bigger bumps and bruises. The ones that happen to our hearts or egos. Hope fully we are old enough and have a solid enough foundation to handle them as they come at us, but this isn’t always the case and then the scars form. After time, scar tissue gets thicker and bigger until what’s underneath (our child-like heart and ego) is hidden and our true, genuine self seems to have dissipated. The truth, it isn’t gone at all. Just covered up by the jaded experiences of our lives and we have to learn how to uncover them in a healthy manner so that we to can be the strong mommy or daddy to help our next generation dust off and get back up when they fall. It is a never ending circle. In the beginning others are responsible for us, but along the way there is a shift and we become responsible for ourselves. How was fall and how we get up, but also how we heal and move forward.
As I sit here today, an adult, a woman, a daughter, a sister, a mother, a grandmother, a wife, a niece, and a granddaughter; I think about the way I fall, the way I get up and how I move forward each day. The 5 things I’m passionate about have become my foundation on which I choose to fall. I run toward them, striving to help them grow stronger. I fall back on them knowing they are there for me because I have nurtured them along the way, and I bask in the enjoyment of them when I just need a little time for myself to reset and regain my balance.