I’m usually able to sit down and crank out a post pretty easily, but this one is different. It’s not Writer’s Block; it’s definitely not that I don’t know what to write about, because I do. I’ve just been waiting to write this post, and I’m not really sure why. As the gears have been spinning and my ideas have been percolating, I’ve been chomping at the bit to say so much; yet, for one reason or another, I’ve been holding back. Finally, as I sit here in the middle of the night and reflect on so many different things, I’ve decided that it’s just time to stop holding back and get this post up. After all, if I don’t even know why I’m waiting to begin with, then what’s holding me back?
With June came another birthday, and with another birthday came another blessing of being alive. That’s more than some can say, and I truly am grateful for this life that I’ve been given. 32 isn’t exactly a milestone birthday by any means, but that’s 32 years of learning countless lessons, making mistakes to learn even more lessons from, and continue to develop into a stronger, more well-rounded person. June isn’t even over yet, but as I’ve spent time with friends and family who mean the world to me, I’ve also taken time to think about some valuable tidbits I’ve learned throughout the years, such as:
- Revenge is a dish best served … never. Having a heart full of grace is much more gratifying than having a heart full of contempt. If your primary objective is to get back at someone, that speaks volumes about you, not them.
- Every single person in this world is going to make mistakes – including you. The difference between being able to grow as a person or remain stuck as an immature individual is the ability to forgive others, forgive yourself, and move on.
- We all go through seasons in life. Some of those seasons really, really suck. Sometimes, we need help to get through them. Seasons don’t discriminate. I’ve had them. My husband has had them. My oldest son had a tough season a few months ago and we’re pulling out of one together as a family. It’s a normal part of life, and it’s okay. In particularly challenging seasons, it’s okay to ask for help. I don’t believe people were designed to do life alone. Love one another.
- Music really does soothe the soul. I have so many different Pandora stations and there’s a different station for each mood (honestly, my most listened-to station is Five Finger Death Punch because I’m on the go a lot and I’m a rock girl). But, I do have my Classical days, my Hillsong days, and yes, my Sam Hunt days. I told you, I’m a musical eclectic.
- You can disagree with a person’s lifestyle choices but still accept them. There. I said it. Just because you might not agree with a particular way someone might live their life doesn’t mean you can’t accept that person. Hate isn’t okay. Westboro Baptist Church is a cult. No one made us judge and jury – it’s my personal belief that there’s a God who has that job and we’re supposed to love others no matter what. So stop being a bunch of jerks to each other. 😉
- You should never feel like you have to prove your worth to anyone – and if anyone ever makes you feel that way, walk away because no one needs that kind of negativity in their life.
- Never lose faith and never stop believing in the good things. Yes, I realize how cliché this might sound, but it’s true. It’s absolutely, 100% true.
I can say that, without a doubt, even though I didn’t do anything extravagant for my birthday (like go to Italy again), this was probably my best one just because this has been my best year, so far. Not because of anything material, but because of the lessons I’ve reflected on and because of my relationships. I’ll just say it – I feel blessed. Besides my hubby and our awesome boys, there’s also my Shipt fam, my Beauty Industry fam, and my Music Industry fam (and those guys all know who they are and know that I’d bend over backwards for them). I am so grateful for having all of these people in my life.
It’s been a wild ride so far, and I’m still holding on! 🙂