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You’re Not Promised Tomorrow, So What Are You Doing About It?

Yeah I said it, and I mean it.  I was going to write a little bit more about our road trip.  Then I was going to just go to sleep a little early.  And then I read a friend’s status update on Facebook and decided to write out some thoughts.  Like most, I have gone through and seen lots of loss that should not have been.  And it’s not stopping any time soon.  I have a friend whose daughter is turning 1 next month.  Three months ago she got the whopper of bad news that she has stage 4 brain cancer.  Her husband found the best surgeons and they moved back north to get her treatment.  She has one of the best spirits I have ever seen.  She is so strong, yet so soft at the same time.  I can not imagine what she is going through, but she still has a smile on her face.  I greatly admire that about her and the incredible courage that she has in the face of the unknown.

My brother’s best friend was killed by a drunk driver when he was 13.  A close friend was killed as a passenger in a kid’s car who was racing another car in the rain.  He wasn’t even friends with the kid driving the car and wasn’t even 18 and out of high school yet.  Someone I know’s best friend was beaten to death by some punk kids because they said they “thought he was gay”.  He had a wife and kids.  A classmate of mine that I went to middle & high school with was killed while serving his country overseas in 2007.  I have no living grandparents, but you expect to lose them before younger family members.  And today, another classmate of mine that I went to middle & high school with passed away from cancer.

And that’s not even everyone I know who passed well before they should have.  I’m sure you’ve heard it before and see internet meme’s all the time about living life to the fullest, but are  you?  A couple of years ago I definitely would have said no, but not now.  Yea I got caught up in “grown up” life and worked way too much.  I was technically on call 24/7 and that included vacations.  I would get calls for questions and alarm calls, and the kicker was when I was on vacation in Jamaica for my anniversary.  The day I got back in the country, I got a call from my Operations manager telling me my District manager told her she better get a hold of me so I was on a conference call the next morning.  Can you say messed up priorities?

Now to answer my question.

Well, to start, I made one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make so far.  I left my job to be a stay at home mom.  Not the craziest thing  you say?  If you know me, you know that is insane.  I’m always on the go and I have been working over 40 hours a week since I graduated high school.  I was 17 when I graduated.  I left a pay check that afforded me almost twice the median income of a two earner household.  I became vulnerable.  Since I could work, I’ve never relied solely on someone else.  Especially someone who makes the choice to be there.  And you’re reading one of the other things.  Yep, my blog.  I had a crazy thought and said I want to start a blog.  No idea exactly what I was going to write, but I said why not give it a shot.

I travel…….a lot!  My husband and I could go out with our friends all the time, but we like to experience new things.  New things?  Well how about running and doing a half marathon 8 months after giving birth when you’ve never been athletic.  Yep, did that too.  I never imagined that I would get into anything athletic, let alone running, and running a half marathon.  I’ve got plans to do a full marathon too and a Ragnar Relay, which is 2 days in a van with 6 other people (there’s another van of 6 on your team too) and running a total of around 15 miles with little sleep.

I live each day and smile and laugh with my daughter.  I wouldn’t have it any other way.  I’m still realistic about things, which some people call pessimistic, but I look at things through a different lens now.  So what are you doing?  May I suggest something that you’ve always wanted to do, but always had an excuse for.  Whether it be a trip somewhere exotic, or a new career, or going back to school, or skydiving, please don’t take each day for granted.  Do something that makes you completely vulnerable to things out of your control.  I can not describe the feeling to you. It is just something you have to experience to understand.   As you never know what will be, even in the next 5 minutes, and let me tell you there is no better feeling than actually living life and not just “getting through” each day!

Enjoy Your Adventure,      


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