Lord knows I have the body of an geriatric pretzel, but I'm just still a kid at heart. I am, however, very happy to be on the down hill slide...it comes with some pretty nifty privileges! Remember that old saying "Rank has it's privileges?" It's true, oh, so true. But the best part is the wisdom gained of experience and doing. No one can ever take that away from you..one of the few things in life that is only always yours. Miss Tracie and I have gone through hell and back a lifetime ago--sure wish I'd figured out all of this before I had to drag a child through the wasteland, so to speak. But, we made it out to the other side together. Oh, the things I have learned the hard way!
When you seek approval, you'll never get it. Once you give up caring what others think, suddenly you'll have approval in spades. The 'key,' I've found, is getting in touch with your authentic self. You know, that person you love to hate that stares back at you from your mirror? Yep, that one. The one that calls you on your 'stuff' and leads you towards things and always tells the truth. Some days, you cannot meet your own eyes in the mirror, and those are the 'gut check' days. I can tell you proudly that I now love that gal in the mirror...she's a pretty cool chick! And she has more empathy than most, tries to be kind (unless you get that stubborn streak going...oh, boy!), and loves her family, nature, animals...
I'm actually genuinely happy, you see. I've learned that happiness is something that comes from within. It's something that I create, and is not dependent on situation, station in life, bank account balance, marital status or anything else not between my ears. I've also learned to make my dreams come true. Others have so eloquently explained this better than I ever could on how to do this, but see it from the end, invest in your dream with research, deep prayer or meditation, see yourself doing/having/being whatever the desired outcome is...and it all lines up! This last year proves this to me...reread some of the miracles if you like in past blog postings.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. This is also something I know to be true. I humbly thank my teachers and gladly pay it forward. See, that's the other end of this 'deal'--you have to pass it on. Don't worry, you'll WANT to! Wow, and here we sit on the brink of our adventure, literally, and all along the way I get to pay it forward to all of the people we'll meet!! That's exciting!! Some days, it may just be a smile...but it can make a world of difference in someone's life. My favorite is smiling and waving to kids from the back of the Harley. I so need to get back in the saddle, that my soul aches for the wind.
And, in my old agedy wisdom, I've/we've figured out how to make sure every day can be a day in the saddle and I get to take my furry pals, my entire HOUSE, along for the ride. YAY for old tattooed biker chicks!! We have all the fun!!