― Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom.
Today, a newrecord was quietly accomplishedin a corner of the globe rarely heard of. Three once unrelated strangers gathered in friendship, and oneamazingpersonal journey was thrusted ever forward to the “finish line.” While the rest of the world hummed along minding its own business, I was excitedly(and happily) checkingone more daydream off my to do list.Just like most personal goals it was of little importance to everyone else, except in this particular case Iwas accompanied by others that understoodthe importance of such a day. Many of us are skilled at rationalizing our way out of doing something. When in truth, we need to be rationalizing our way intomore things! There is no reason you cannot accomplish what you dream of. As they say, where there’s a will there is a way.By working through seemingly insurmountable circumstances with gritted teeth and a rock solid resolve, I have found that to be absolutely true. You see, what we aren’t told enough growing up is that we can do anything.Be weary of those who tell youany different. Ultimately, the people that believe in you as much as you believe in yourself, will walk right alongside you during the race.
above: My two pillars of support during the race Early on(when I was injured) there were questions of my ability to walk well again if at all, and much less trek a mile! However, with tremendous support and blessings I’ve done just that twice now. Both times were events that originally had been dreamed up in my mind.
above girl in tutu:Tropicolor, color run. the happiest 5k on the planet!
EvenifI completed each goal slowly, the point was to complete it at all and soak up the fact that dreams do(and can) come true. Especially when you put your best foot forward and your mind to it. Therefore, be careful of what you tell yourself and who you listen to. Because, whatever words are spoken get eaten up by our heart. Certainly, your heart deserves only the best things that life has to offer, so don’t let it consume words thatwill harm it!Find windto carry you where there is none, and fly high even when others want you to stay low.
Every year right near my birthday I’mgreeted with hearts and proclamations of romantic love. Usually I’mnot only close to celebrating my birthdaybut alsosomehow always single. Needless to say, over the years I havebuilt up an emotion resembling contempt for thishallmark holiday. However, this year even when stumbling upon a small collection of love notes(below) from an ex, I could find no ill will in my heart.The ghosts of Valentines past didn’t succeed in upsetting me.
Normally I would toss thesesentiments away along with any reminders, gifts, any associated music files, their phone number, and pictures. Except this time I chose to not only keep them but Ialsoread them over and remembered the sweet times. You may ask me“Why Grinch of Valentines Day would you do such a thing!?”Myreply would perhapsbe confusing for you fellow Grinch’s but neverthelessmaybe my heart grew two sizes( and my brain) soas a result I feltno contempt.While the who’s ran around throwingtheir heart confetti everywhere and chattering about upcoming dates I had a date with reality. Thetruth is no matter what yourstatus is this holiday,it really doesn’t matter as long as your happy even if it’s with yourself. Although these things would normally make me sad, I’m simply not because I no longer wastemy time being forlorn over someone that was too daft to recognize my beauty. You most definitely shouldn’t either!The world’s population stood at 7.125 billion people in 2013.Don’t you think at least one of those humans might just fit your puzzle piece? That being said, clearly there is no shortage of available suitors. Now my dear friend it’s just a matter of serendipity. Having this knowledge hashelped me to completely avoid any forlorn nonsense. Because life can be navigated on a Vespa motorcyclefitted for one too! Some moments have been devised solely for your consumption.If your ever feelingreally blueduring this very pinkholiday, justseek out the nearest couple arguing in public, which is guaranteed to help you feel better( works for me) because your not the onemaking aspectacle of yourself. If you choose not to spend your time toiling away on anti-valentines daycards this year at least go on a date ( with a bestie) and enjoysome time well spent. Furthermore rather then looking for love outside of yourself try turning your gaze inward. Youhavenothing to lose and aworld togain when you learn to truly(finally) love yourself.
“Life is a blank canvas and you need to throw all the paint on it you can.” -Danny Kaye.
If the Bible says to keep your body clean as a temple then I suppose I’m in trouble.Usually I write about more serious or inspiring subjects.However as the holidays get thrust upon us and lurch ever closer,just like recess why not have some relaxing fun!?
Over the years,whenever I had to do a historical report or speech I would choose the subject of tattooing(sometimes vegetarianism) because I found that a once taboo art form reserved for Sailors and Prisoners was interesting.Also not to mention it can be pretty if done right.
Photo:Torrie Blake on Tumblr) Her leg piece!
I fully plan to get yet another(#8) to mark the experience of nearly dying and surviving to
begin a recovery with a flowing phoenix surrounded by peach and robins egg blue flowers.What’s more, thanks to the mention from a friend I plan on earning the money for it myself doing a small humble(but paid!) job.It may take awhile but it will only make it even more meaningful.Because,I wasn’t expected to live much less work a job! If our bodies are temples then you can call me a graffiti artist.
Photo: art by Banksy)
In closing,dear readers don’t be afraid to express yourself! Life is too short to worry about what other people think.