This is another challenging post for me, mainly because I'm inspired by so many people and not just those that are in my daily life. I'm inspired by people that have overcome challenges, people who never give up, people who do for others, and so many more. And my life is filled with inspiring people. I am so very blessed to have the life that I have and the people that are in it!
Narrowing my list down to three people isn't easy, but these are the three people who have inspired me most recently. I won't use their names because they'd prefer to remain anonymous, I'm sure.
Wouldn't it be cool to be able to choose any job you wanted? Out of all of the careers in the world, to be able to point a finger and say I want that one would be incredible. I'll admit, though, I haven't given much thought to any other job I'd want. Over the years, I've wondered why I didn't go to law school or why I didn't go down a different path, but overall, I've been content with the route I chose.
Still, if I absolutely had to choose, I think I'd be an astronaut just for the chance to be up in space, to see the universe up close and personal. It must be an amazing view, but beyond that, I can only imagine what it would be like to take steps no one has ever taken, to explore our world beyond what we grounded people can't!
I don't consider astronauts to be lucky because they have trained hard and dedicated their lives to the exploration of space. They have education and skills that have taken hours upon hours. So much is required of them. I see them as heroes, willing to risk their own health to explore our world without boundaries. As much as I'd like to be that brave and I'd love to know what it's like, I don't think I ever could. Still, it's nice to dream!
I don't know if I was three or four years old, but I remember standing at the door, well, really behind my mother's legs as she was standing at the door. I was looking out at a mass of swirling clouds. I didn't know at the time that it was a tornado. My sisters had just gotten home from school and were running up the driveway to get in the house before the tornado hit. I can still remember my mom's frantic screams, telling them to get inside.
To this day, I don't know how much damage, if any, that tornado did. I only know that it didn't hit our house. For years after that, I was terrified of severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes petrified me. It took me a long time to overcome that fear. Now, I don't mind sitting on my porch watching a thunderstorm. Don't think I'd watch a tornado, though! Those things still scare the hooey out of me, but I can at least get prepared without freezing in my tracks!
This isn't today's blog post challenge, but since I didn't care for the topic chosen, I decided to use this one instead. Back in 2016, I shared a list of fourteen items on my anti-bucket list and indicated it was a Part One. I always intended to finish it, but, alas, I didn't. So I'm writing the second part today. I'm still not sure if I'm finished!
I lost a really good friend of mine on December 10, 2018, and I feel that loss every day. There have been so many times when I've picked up the phone to call her before realizing I can't. Some of her old sayings constantly pop into my head, and I find myself using them more often than I ever did when she was alive. Maybe it's my way of keeping her alive in my life.
Rene was a writer, too, so we shared the same dreams. She'd been single the last few years of her life and could relate to my being single. We could talk about anything and everything. Nothing was off-limits. She shared my superhero fascination and watched many of the same television shows I do.
There were many ways we were different, of course, but that never came between our friendship. We had our fair share of disagreements, but we always found our way back to what mattered.
I miss her, and, without a doubt, I always will. And I wish I could talk to her one more time.
I have so many more than ten movies on my list. Honestly, I've lost count of the number of movies I could watch over and over. I call myself a frequent viewer when I fall in love with a movie or television series. I can watch them many times and never tire of them. It doesn't matter if I already know what's going to happen. I watch for the performances, the emotions, and the action. A great movie deserves to be seen more than once.
Below are my top ten in no particular order:
A Walk to Remember
The American President
Blast from the Past
Sound of Music
The Twilight Saga (technically this is cheating because it's five movies)
I’ve written about this before, but the one thing that makes me the saddest in life is hate. Hearing or seeing people say they hate someone is like a dagger to my heart. Hate has caused so much trouble in our world, and I wonder where we would be if, instead of hating one another, we tried to understand one another, or, at the very least, were willing to meet in the middle.
I’m certainly not saying we have to agree with one another, but to hate someone because they disagree with you doesn’t make sense. People are entitled to their views, and as much as you may despise those views, hating the person isn’t the answer.
I can honestly say there’s no one in this world that I hate. There are plenty of people I disagree with, but that’s part of life. I have friends who have different political and religious views than I do. They remain my friends. They aren’t bad people because they disagree with me anymore than I’m a bad person for disagreeing with them. If only the world could see this…
This year has brought some health challenges that have compelled me to make some changes in my life. One of which is the vast reduction of carbs. I try to eat less than 75 grams of carbs a day by focusing on proteins, fruits, and vegetables.
I drink plenty of water. Making sure I stay hydrated is a must so I always have a bottle of sparkling water beside me throughout the day.
And finally, I laugh every day. You might not think this is a healthy habit, but it’s been scientifically proven that laughter really can make you feel better. I know it does me!
What are your healthy habits?
I listen to music all the time, and so my favorites tend to rotate as I’m always finding new music. The favorites I list today may not be my favorites a week from now. And I have very eclectic tastes. But here you go!
Let Me Hold you by Josh Krajcik. This song just captivates me. I can listen to it on repeat.
Army by Lady Antebellum. Such a powerful romantic song, and I’m not normally into country music. This one, though, doesn’t have the twangy sounds, though.
Hurt by Lady Antebellum. A soulful song that is perfect to listen to when writing certain scenes.
I Get To Love You by Ruelle. This one, I think, will always be one of my favorites. It feels like a wedding song.
Natural by Imagine Dragons. It’s by Imagine Dragons, and I like almost every one of their songs so it’s no surprise that one of theirs made it onto the list!
In South Carolina, we skipped right over spring this year, which isn't unusual, and have zipped into summer where it's hot and muggy. The mosquitoes are having a field day, and the air feels like a warm, wet blanket.
I've never been much of an outdoor person in the summer. One reason is because I burn so easily. I've never been able to tan, which my dermatologist says is a good thing. Another reason is because I cannot stand the heat. I prefer winter to summer, and I have no problem being outside in the winter, fall, or spring if we have one.
So, the obvious answer to this question would be, less than fifteen minutes. I was outside long enough to walk from my car to the grocery store and back and then I had to take the groceries inside, of course. So, all in all, definitely less than fifteen minutes.
I can stay out longer if I'm at the beach where it's cooler, or it's in the evening. In the heat of the day, though, I'm usually inside.
My thoughts, experiences, challenges, and goals. Right here. At least once a week or so. Oh, and opinions, too. Those will definitely come in. Join me!