Something happened to a friend of mine this week that really made me take a hard look at my life and truly realize what is most important. Sure I write these Great List posts every week, but my new computer, an exciting work opportunity, and a nice base tan don’t really seem THAT great in comparison. It’s important to always be grateful for what you have big or small, but its also important to know the difference between those things that make you happy today and the things that make you happy forever. So this week’s Great List is about the things that make up my heart and soul because in the end, that’s all you’ve really got.
1. The Hubs. Holy cow am I glad I married this man. To have someone that supports me in all my crazy endeavors, makes me laugh, and gives me truthful and honest guidance each and every day means absolutely everything to me. He inspires me constantly, and nothing in my life would be as great as it is without him.
2. Val, Jen and my favorite little buddy, Leila. Every hurdle, every struggle, every success I’ve had in my adult life, these friends have been there to help me, and to celebrate with me. To have people who honestly listen, and give advice that truly has my best interests at heart is a priceless gift. Once Gayle King (Oprah’s bestie) said, “I’ve never lived in Oprah’s shadow, I’ve always stood in her light”. Not that I’m Oprah or anything, but the three of us hold each other up, push each other to be better, and are genuinely happy when each other succeeds. There are no mean girls here. I hope Leila grows up seeing that, and can have relationships of her own as awesome as ours is.
3. Health and wellness. I can breath, walk, dress myself, and go about my life without assistance. I don’t live in constant pain. I don’t spend the majority of my time at the hospital. I’m able to go outside and move around. Seriously, not everyone is so lucky. Several times this week I’ve just stood outside, closed my eyes and took a moment to feel the wind in my face and the earth under my feet. It can be a very powerful thing if you take the time to appreciate it. In moments of sorrow or grief, its easy to lose sight of things like this. When you’re feeling your worst, try to remember that it really could be worse.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Hug those you love. Take time out to do what you really love and cherish. Enjoy the sun, or the rain, or the heat or the cold. Whatever you get, they’re all great. Don’t forget that.