*LONG POST ALERT*
Yesterday we went to the memorial service for the 22 year old son of some friends and colleagues of ours. It was a very very very sad tribute to a man whose life ended way too soon in a tragic car accident. Apart from the immense grief, the overriding sentiment was to boldly and fearlessly pursue your dreams, whatever they may be, just as he had.
And today I realised with a certainty like never before, that I am. For the first time that I can remember, I can say with absolute confidence, that I (and we, as a family), am going in the direction of my dreams as boldly and fearlessly as I can. And it's only very recently that I've figured out what my dreams really are. It's only in the past 12 months that I've started to really and truly figure out what makes me happy, how I wish to move through the world, what it is I have to offer, and who I wish to be for myself and my family.
Today was a great example of what makes me happy - I helped out at my daughters netball sausage sizzle, I mowed the lawns, I watched the kids on their rope swing, I laughed at the hijinx of our various animals, I gardened, hubby started carting dirt to begin an outdoor project, I swept and tidied and pottered and yep, felt really bloody grateful for all of it.
But what makes me happy wouldn't suit everyone. My dreams aren't anyone else's. How fantastic is it to know we are all different, we all have something to offer the world in our own way, and it's possible to find true joy in many many different ways?
I understand people have challenges much more difficult than I can ever imagine, but understand also that I do know how unbelievably lucky I am. I have learnt to always try not taking what I have for granted, and although at times I don't do very well at it, I do attempt gratitude as often as I remember.
So how about making sure you do something that makes you really happy, even for a little while, sometimes? Because it might give you the courage to do some more of that, and perhaps even the determination to make big changes to get more of that happy stuff. And your happiness WILL rub off on those around you because it's a highly contagious energy.