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I’m not everyone’s cup of tea. (I drink coffee though, whew!) Maybe I’m not the apple of their eye either. Possibly more like the salt on their wounds? I’ve been told I’m too blunt, too loud, too opinionated, over-the-top dramatic, unable to sit still, unable to live in the moment, yadda yadda yadda. (Ha, see what I think about those opinions…:-)) I’ve been told these things by people who don’t “get” me. Do you know who hasn’t told me these things? My people.
As I’ve aged (gasp!) in life, I’ve realized that not everyone will love me. Heck, not everyone will like me. No matter how hard I try, or what I do, it’s a fact. And I’m okay with that. I didn’t used to be, but I am now. And do you know why I am okay with it now? Because I have people in my life that love me with every being of their body. They love me innocently, openly and full-force day in and day out. All day, every day. Those are MY people. My family, my friends. Those are the ones that I choose to surround myself with and immerse my time with.
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Never again will I dress to impress others. When my 5-year-old tells me that she wants me to wear mismatched socks with high heels, I’m down. Why? Because it makes her heart happy.
When my 9-year-old wants to spend my off time from work together at the local animal shelter, I’ll be her Uber. I’m happy to chauffeur her. That’s the bottom line. No questions asked. No moment together wasted.
Never again will I say “yes” to requests when every being in my body is saying “no.”
Never again will I choose peace and quiet over the laughter and chatter of my girls.
I refuse to put myself first….or last. I’ve chosen to put myself smack in the middle of my beautiful chaotic life.
Life is a gift, but I want my life, my “presence” to be a gift to my family. Each and every day, a new adventure. Together.
Throughout my 33 years, I’ve had a lot of great friends. Some remain, some are gone and some have transitioned more into acquaintances. The one constant that has remained? My family. My core. While this may sound sappy, and a proclamation of me “finding” myself, it’s more of a realization to step back and be in the moment. Stop wishing the days away, these days will be over so soon, gone forever.
Maybe I’m not everyone’s cup of tea, I’d rather be a shot of vodka anyway. 😉
What I do know, is that I’m everything to two little girls. And that is more than enough for me. <3
Cheers to finding peace and realizing the true joys in life, my friends.