Sometimes, there are things in life that can bring you down. There are things in life that can give you wake up calls, and there are things in life that can bring you joy. I am hoping that you get to experience the more joyful times, I, however, have all of the above over the last couple of weeks. It is crazy how life can be from time to time. When everything seems to be lined up perfectly or going well and you often have to wonder when that next “bad” thing is going to happen. I have had an amazing year this past year and have really tried to stay positive despite the hiccups that occur, I mean it is life, nothing is ever perfect or that easy. I have often struggled with listening to what people say too much and changed my way of doing things based on what one particular person may or may not have said. When in reality, I should listen to everyone’s opinion about particular topics and form my own. I think the way society and the world are today, it is so much easier to just follow the crowd. While if this is what you choose to do, there is nothing wrong with that. I, however, want something more.
I was recently told that my writing was just about another trip I was on and that it was not cutting it, or that is how I took it. It took me some time to think through this as writing in particular about anything I was doing was a huge step for me. Then I read a blog by Curt Pate Stockmanship, it was exactly what I needed to hear at the right time. After reading it, I came to the conclusion that I know all too well, but just need to be reminded every once in a while. You can’t make everyone happy and there is no point in trying. Do what you do, write how you want to write and be who you want to be. Those that matter don’t mind and those that mind don’t matter.
That wake-up call was one that I knew was coming but I was not quite ready for. I write this as I am sitting in the hospital waiting for my dad to get out of his back surgery. Back surgery. You hear so many things about that kind of surgery. While he should be in and out in an hour, it still makes you realize how important family is. He is my superman, so helping to take care of him will be quite the change. He has always been my rock that has been there when I needed anything. Looks like I get to return the favor and I can foresee lots of grass mowing in my future, or for the next 6 weeks anyway.
There are so many things that bring me joy in my life, too many to name but Mattie is a huge part of that. It is amazing to watch her grow and see the person she is becoming. She is definitely my mini-me and sometimes that is really scary, but she also has her own way of doing things. I am looking forward to the weekend as well as my best friend will finally be home. Surround yourself with people that love you but people that also push you to be better. The future looks bright, make sure you make the most of it!
As always spread some love, we could all use a little more love.