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Little things used to mean so much to Shelly- I used to think they were kind of trivial. Believe me, nothing is trivial.
You’ll have to forgive me for the delay in this post. While I normally have posts up and running around 11:00am ET, the time I’m home I disconnect for a little bit. 🙂
When I’m distanced from the hubbub and the excitement of city and home with my family and friends in the back country woods of Pennsylvania, I find myself more at peace. I have more clarity and can really think and process what I’m doing and where I am in life. This weekend was no exception to this happening. I’m extremely close with my family so for the weekend getaway whatever simpleton things we do it’s filled with nothing but smiles and laughs. I made reference to that quote from The Crow because one? That’s one of my favorite movies of all time. My family has a deep appreciation for the Lee Family and that movie really gave me perspective as I grew up and matured. Secondly? That quote carries resonance with me. Even in what I’ve prospered and succeeded in doing in my lifetime, I’ll never not appreciate the little things in life.
What are the little things? For me it was taking a walk down the long block where I grew up as a child reminiscing about my youth with my best friend as the sun began to set. It was being home and making the house smell like a home with cooking homemade meals and desserts that would bring happiness to the hearts of kids I’ve seen grow up and prepare for the next chapter in their life. It was a quiet evening in my mother’s bedroom and her showing me all the handkerchiefs she’s collected and purchased so she could anoint them and give them to those hurting and in need. It was hearing the news of a dear friend lose a family member, and immediately whispering a quiet prayer for strength and solace during this difficult time and then deciding to mail him a heartfelt message for comfort. It’s taking five minutes out of a bustling weekend and looking up at night sky and seeing the stars so clear and so close you could almost touch them. I’ll never not appreciate all these little things. It’s what molded me to be the woman that I am today. To appreciate where I am now, I remember all the little things that have brought me to this point and where I’ve been.
The resounding theme while being home this weekend was the little things, and appreciating living and being alive. It’s true that I’m only 30, but I’m not getting any younger. After humoring a small joke with my oldest sister, I came to a conscious decision and found a goal to strive for. There is something I want to do in these next few years and whether I do it alone or with my partner it’s something I aspire to carry out. The fear in this decision is real, but it’s something far from impossible. I’ve never felt more alive than I have in these past few months for a myriad of reasons; I’m ready to completely feel alive and feel whole. Truly.