Tuesday, June 1, 2010

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You don't always get what you expect out of life; sometimes it throws you a curve ball. And when that happens, you just have to step out of the box for a moment, get your mind right, and hit the next pitch. Because in this game, the ones you miss are just as important as the ones you hit.

I'm learning a lot these days, a lot about what matters in life. I will spare you all the cliche sayings, even though I am finally finding truth in some of them. Basically, I have learned that life is about choices. And I am choosing to stay positive and love the life I'm living.

Life is not about how many years it takes you to graduate from college or how much money you make or even knowing where tomorrow will find you. It's about the smile on my favorite 3 year old's face when I sit with her on the steps because she is too overwhelmed to go into a room full of people. It's about climbing trees with my favorite curly-haired ginger. It's about meeting new people and trying new things. It's about bucket lists. It's about really loving people. It's about surrounding yourself with people who make you laugh, and laugh hard. It's about making mistakes and friends taking care of one another. It's about adventure and letting go of inhibitions.

Have I been hurt and disappointed? Yes.
Do I have huge obstacles to overcome? Yes.
But truly living means not allowing my pain to dictate my behavior.

I have a great life. I've had a lot of struggles, but for every moment of struggle I have two filled with joy. I have family that stretches past the bonds of DNA. I have friends who make me laugh hard and often. I am loved well beyond what I deserve.

I'm taking it one day at a time because tomorrow will worry about itself.

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