These past forty years have passed so very quickly. I still feel like a teenager who apparently has a husband, four children, and my own home. I go through each day making sure everyone's boxes are checked and things are prepped and ready for the next adventure. I try my best to find time with my husband and children individually. I would think that each of these years that have passed are so memorable and I could pin point a moment at any given time...for some reason they all blend together. I see the pop ups on social media of what happened a year ago or five and I can't believe I can't remember the details of that moment. Every time my kids speak and say something that makes me smile or bring a tear to my eye and flutter to my heart, I feel like I will forever remember that. The truth is...I don't...time passes too quickly.
So I have made it over the hill but I feel like I still have a lot more mountain to climb before I get to the top. I look at this world I have created and enjoy the little moments and savor them on this given day. I am thankful for the thousands of pictures I take and share of my family and friends because these reminders of the magical times are so worth it. This climb to the top of the hill is not a solo trip. It is filled with laughter and sadness, strength and weakness but with so many others that make it so very worth it. The company one keeps makes the adventure so much more...and I thank you for that.
I have been listening to music this morning and it is filled with songs of my past, Counting Crows-Round Here, The Cure-Pictures of You, DMB-Crash, Cyndi Lauper-Time after Time, Goo Goo Dolls-Iris, Pearl Jam-Breath, James Taylor-Fire and Rain, Coldplay-Fix You, Sinead OConner-Nothing Compares to You, Phil Collins-In the Air Tonight, Lynrd Skynyrd-Simple Man, Elton John-Rocket Man, George Michael-Faith, Tom Petty-WildFlowers, Blind Melon-No Rain, The Clash-Should I Stay or Should I Go, Modest Mouse-Float On, and my most recent obsession...Judah &the Lion-Suit and Jacket.
Music is probably one of my favorite things... I always have it on and pretty much will listen to anything, except country (sorry.) Just like those time hops on facebook...that song takes me right back to that special moment and I can smell the beach air, see the smiles on my college roommates faces as we danced in the hall, and remember smooching with my husband then boyfriend as we were out on a date. I see my kids doing silly dance parties while kicking leftover birthday balloons. I hear them sing songs blasting out Have You Ever Seen the Rain...and being on the shores of Kona hearing Sky Full of Stars.
So as I coast a bit as I am atop of one of the many hills still in front of me...I will enjoy this weekend and all the people in it. I will snuggle up to my kids as they still let me. I will remember the birthday parties I had as a kiddo filled with english muffin pizzas, karaoke machines, teddy bears and craft centers making sunhats with flowers to hang up in my flower wall paper covered bedroom. I wear my 21st birthday necklace my parents gave me every day...I now understand that fact that your children are your treasure. I remember my aunts, uncles and cousins with me celebrating together and having chicken parm for dinner more than likely. I wish there was more pictures of all of that...or maybe not...I did have a perm in fourth grade!
So yes I am 40 today and it pretty much feels like any other day other than the large amount of orange balloons and streamers and HUGE ORANGE 40 hanging in the front hall. I do believe that the best is still yet to come. The crazy baby years are slowing creeping out of sight and my growing children are turning into teenagers and little people are in full force. I am still 18 right?? Time with my hubby will become more special and a long time coming...just us doing things for us...will feel kinda crazy.
Thank you all for your support and well wishes. Thank you for letting me share my journey and for being a part of it on every level. I hope I can continue to inspire and motivate on a few different levels...I hope that my oversharing sometimes brings a smile to your face or a tear to your cheek. Today, I am going to just keep calm and forty on!
Embrace the suck...choose you...keep climbing the hill!