It’s spring break here. I am watching my facebook feed and getting texts from people traveling all over the country from California to Texas to around Kansas. It is exciting to see people exploring and building memories with family and friends.
It’s pretty quiet here in town and that’s nice too.
Daylight Savings Time has come and while I am adjusting, with more coffee (haha), I am excited. And I am excited to hear that a bill is being pushed through Congress to leave the time and not change back again.
While there are a lot of things out of our control, it is nice to see us all agree on something.
Except we don’t.
There is a lot of pushback about it being too dark in the morning or how other geographic areas don’t have the same amount of daylight. Then I sighed.
Here is the uncomfortable truth. We will never agree on anything. And while it is frustrating, it is a good reminder that we all see the world differently.
When I was young I swore I would never marry or have children. Who would do that? My experiences said a husband would be a control freak terror who would never allow me to breathe, would let my child/children love me and then turn them against me.
By pushing through a lot of old junk, I got to marry an amazing man and, thanks to God, have a wonderful daughter and a home filled with peace.
How often do we let our past experiences cloud our judgment of the future?
What do we hold onto that stops us from experiencing something new and different?
I tell my daughter all the time that each one of us has a mountain to climb. Every single person on this Earth has some challenge or obstacle to overcome.
And you won’t climb it in a day. And you will have setbacks. And sometimes you will curse your mountain.
Yes you will rest along the way, build memories of beauty and anger but if you keep fighting to get to the top of the mountain, the view is incredible.
Maybe it’s not one mountain. Maybe you are lucky enough to live long enough to climb several mountains.
I have seen this question posed many times before. What would you tell your younger self? I go back to it over and over again trying to figure out what I could tell her to help. And I get frustrated with myself and move on to another topic. Maybe I need to tell her you have a mountain to climb. And it won’t be easy but don’t stop. There are treasures along the way and pain so great you will feel like you can’t breathe.
A quote comes to mind from the movie Up - Adventure’s out there.
When I think about what happens someday when I am not around for my daughter anymore, that’s what I want her to know. Don’t stop climbing your mountain. It’s ok to take a break, to rest, to enjoy the view but don’t give up during the hard times or you will miss the beauty.
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