I am a little nervous to follow up on my last post because – let’s be honest – it was my best yet! My last post was raw and uncut. I didn’t go back and edit anything. Everything I wrote came straight from the depths of my heart, wrapped up real pretty with emotion and vulnerability. Clearly, that’s something I would like to achieve in every post, but I don’t think that’s reality. There are days when emotion is felt in full, and there are days when it’s not because of the minutia of life.
In my 28-years of vast experience (haha — yah right) I’ve learned an important lesson: sometimes you go through moments that no one can prepare you for. One of those is marriage. Nobody can prepare you for marriage, it’s just something you have to work out with fear and trembling. Labour and delivery. Nope! Nothing can prepare you for the pain you will endure if you choose the all natural route. Taking care of a newborn. No ways! No amount of advice can mentally, physically, and spiritually prepare you for waking up every two hours at night to feed, change diapers/nappies, console crying babies, etc. I’m sure there are more moments (the passing of loved ones, trauma, war, just to name a few), but in my experience I only have one more to name: the ending of an era, and as such, saying goodbye.
I would be lying if I told you that practicing gratitude everyday is easy-breezy-beautiful-lemon-squeezy. In fact, practicing gratitude every day is sometimes like standing under an umbrella while the sky pours down rain and having to create your own bit of sunshine under there. Somewhere along the line complaining became easy… so I’m hoping that somewhere along the line gratitude will become easy. Seeing the bright side in everything sometimes feels like trying to climb Mount Everest; people climb Mount Everest and live to tell the story. So I’m positive I will live to tell you my story (wink wink)!