Week 7: Getting Back To Being “You”!
That topic can mean a variety of things depending on your age and your situation. If you are a young person you are still trying to figure out just who “you” are and what you want to do with you life.
This post is for the women who have already figured out who they are but then got married, had kids and now the kids are grown and moved out of the house.
Yes, I know you’re saying; you mean empty Nester’s.
But, here’s the thing. Just because your kids no longer live at home does not mean your parenting skills are put away or canceled and you stop being a Mom.
Yes, we want our children to grow up and stand on their own 2 feet and make good decisions based on how we raised them.
But, I don’t know if you know it or not but life is Hard!
Learning to deal with day to day life is hard enough but throw in the car breaking down and you don’t know which mechanic to trust to take it to get it fixed.
Or, you loose your job and you have a little savings but that’s about to run out and no companies are calling you for an interview yet.
Does any of this sound familiar in your family?
I grew up with parents that didn’t hang me out to dry or to sink or swim in this dog eat dog world. They were always there for me to help me get through the really hard parts.
I was able to get work young for major companies and learned a lot about the corporate world of politics at a young age.
I didn’t like what I saw so I jumped ship and swam to safer waters, aka working for myself.
I’ve taken the good that I learned from my upbringing and applied it to raising my daughter. The results are positive.
Recently, our daughter and son-n-law went through some very hard and stressful times. When the phone rang and we were asked for help, we gladly offered.
We held a family meeting and set out a plan of attack.
The job loss was resolved in a few short weeks after many phone calls and prayers.
The major car repair was fixed and they are back rolling down the road with a smile on their faces.
This brings me to my point of the journey I decided to start in 2018. #52weeksnailmailchallenge
It’s all a part of who I am and getting back to being “me” despite my chronic illness.
I’m back to having good days and when I do I am making the most of them by getting out of the house and taking short day trips out in nature.
As I continue on my journey of writing 52 cards and letters it is giving me back a sense of who I am.
It doesn’t matter that my friends don’t call me for weeks on end. Or, that they don’t write to me ever or maybe once in a blue moon.
What matters is that I stay in touch with them. Why?
Because, life is Hard! and we all need encouragement. Most of all it’s because Jesus told us there is more happiness in giving love than in receiving love. I want to follow his advise so I can be truly “happy”.
I do have one friend that prefers text messages over a phone call. And, that’s okay!
I love her dearly and she loves me. I sent her the pocket card above and she was in tears. She had just gotten over an 8 day virus and was down in the dumps. This was just the thing to cheer her up. It’s in my “Just add stamps and mail post.”
By the way she is having a relapse so I am making her another smaller card and will include her favorite candy, dark chocolate.
I have another friend that hates the phone so she rarely calls me. But, she will drive over an hour on her days off several times a year despite her 3rd round of cancer to come and visit with me. That means the world to me. I love her dearly too.
Then, I have a long distance friend that I have never met in person but we have forged a bond over the last 8 years through email and phone calls and google video hangouts.
She calls me almost every week and I call her just as often.
I have another long distance friend and we keep in touch over the phone as often as we can. She is a loyal reader of this blog and does her best to let me know how much my posts mean to her. They are all on my list of 52 to send to along with my other wonderful friends near and far.
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