The last few weeks have been interesting at my house. I have a new middle schooler, eek, and one in fourth grade. I started a new school year thinking I was going back to school myself, but as ____would have it (God for me, but insert fate, karma, or whatever floats your boat), it didn’t happen. Instead, I got a wake up call. Now that it is finally over with, even though I don’t know the results yet, I know things are heading in the right direction. I tend to steer clear of my personal religious beliefs in this blog because I have friends of all faiths…including pagan, atheist, agnostic, or just plain confused. They know I love them all and that makes my life simple.
Whenever we get together to discuss life, eventually politics or religion comes up. Again, I am usually the one odd man in the bunch; however, they support my right to freedom of speech just as I support theirs. It makes things easy. No one ever tries to change anyone’s opinion, we just listen. I love this about “us”. It makes friendship with such a diverse group of women wonderful and rewarding in so many ways.
Our topic of conversation last night was being true to yourself. Truth comes in many forms, and sometimes it is hard to dig deeper into our true selves. This sounds complex, but in reality it isn’t. Think about your life and where it is headed. What do you want to accomplish in 5 years? Where do you want to be? If you were to kick the “bucket” tomorrow, what would you want said or done? Yes, this might be morbid, but I was having this conversation with my husband one night. I STILL have plans to go to Ireland. I have not made it there yet. I STILL think I was not meant to live in this one place forever, but that is murky as I am allowing other things to interfere with that thought. I want to run a 5k without stopping. It would be nice if my mountain bike was not rusty. Ha. Not sure about that one, but I used to love riding the trails and keeping up with the boys. My hiking boots are muddy, but the mud is from a few months ago. What’s up with that? Why don’t I make the time to go? I have the cabin trip set. Yay. So, one thing is off my list, and 20 more to go.
I love being outside and yet I allow so many things to get in the way. Live simply. Do what you love. Focus on what matters. Yes, there are bumps in my path, and occasionally mountains, but bring climbing gear. You might need it, and when you are done, you will look back and feel great.
“There are many paths to the top of the mountain, but the view is always the same.” ~Chinese Proverb