Just Bags of Guts

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With all the strain that the tensions in Ferguson are causing near and far I would like to take a moment to remind everyone that we are all the same with just a few minor variances.  No matter our backgrounds, bank balances, education levels, family history, traumas, hopes, dreams, or memories: we are all the sum of millions of cells making up tissues which in turn make up organs and ultimately a body.  We are all the same bag of guts really.  It is the same spark of humanity we all carry.  So why would one bag of guts hate another bag of guts so much that they would intentionally inflict harm upon them?  I know that it is hard to remember that we are all the same especially when it comes to such a passionate issue as fairness.  Because that’s really what I see when I watch the news lately and it’s not just in Ferguson.

One person is killed in a carjacking… why?  Because the vandal didn’t think it was fair that the victim had something he wanted so he took it.  A building gets burned down in an arson… why?  Because the owner didn’t think it was fair that he pays so much for insurance on the building yet his bank account isn’t as full as he would like.  On Friday there will inevitably be news about fights breaking out in stores… why?  Because someone grabbed the last barbie/video game/insert-random-material-object-here as another person reached for it.

In this time of giving thanks remember to be thankful for your struggles as well as the blessings.  It is the battles we all fight, both big and small, that make us stronger and thrive.  I know this is a strange message but I feel that it is one that we all need to be reminded of from time to time.  That being said I wish happiness on everyone today and for the future.

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Very Much Alive

Hemingway once said, “When you stop doing things for fun you might as well be dead.” I can’t help but agree with him and after all the fun we had this weekend during our anniversary trip I think we may just live forever.

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Table Rock Lake is a huge lake in SW Missouri. Branson (The elderly Vegas of the Midwest) is a part of the 800 miles of shoreline for those that are familiar. With over 43,000 acres of water to explore we had a blast fishing and tubing but the best part was getting two full days away together. The weather has been unseasonably cool so it was completely perfect camping weather. Goldilocks would have even announced it as just right.

We’ve had such a good year together and I can’t wait to share so many more.

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Hits Home Hard

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I’ve seen this saying several times over the years but now it hits home hard.  I’m more than aware how people change over the years, myself included.  Sometimes the changes are good, sometimes less than good, and sometimes simply necessary.  I really do like who I have become after facing so many challenges over the last couple of years.  I’m a lot more laid back and can appreciate the simple things.  I don’t know if that’s just from age or if it’s due to my surviving everything.  Whatever the reason I like the outcome.

After my ex and I split and I decided it was time to start putting myself out into the world again I had a pretty set idea of what was desired and what were deal-breakers.  Mix that with not being in a hurry and I think that I found the best approach.  I can say that I have been on some very interesting first dates and even some second dates that would make you laugh (or cringe I guess).  What I am happy to say happened ultimately is that I have found the one that makes my heart smile.  The one man that quiets my overactive brain.  The man who I can’t describe any other way than “just feels right”.  We are similar where it matters but we are different in ways that make sharing time together fun.  We laugh easily and find comfort in something as simple as a quiet embrace.  I’ve shared things with him that I would easily shy away from sharing even with the best of girlfriends making him more than just my confidant.  I’m a worrier and he calms me.  I can honestly say that I understand the sign up above so much more over the last few months and I am overjoyed to have this man in my life.

Thank you, Love, for everything.  I couldn’t have asked for a better man to have walking next to me.

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Penguin

If you haven’t checked out the singer Christina Perri you should take a few moments and do so. Her voice is lovely and her songs are moving. This one in particular has been on my mind for a little while now so I fought I’d share it with everyone. If you’ll remember, penguins mate for life making this song especially touching.

Being in the Moment

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This is going to be such an amazing weekend. I’m blessed to be able to spend time with my favorite man, his more than welcoming family, as well as my own beautifully crazy family. As I get older I find that there are so many special moments in life that are to be remembered and savored. I treasure good times spent together more than objects. I’m still a woman though so shiny baubles will always be on my list of good things. But without a strong emotional link behind those shiny things they don’t mean much.

And if that’s just too much happy sappy crap for you, know that there will be more than enough school work mixed in during this long weekend.