Since the week before my birthday on the first day of Spring in March, I have done all sorts of fun and fabulous things. With my niece always on my mind, I have these amazing experiences. I’ve squeezed in every fun thing I can think of because I am finally understanding the magnitude of the fact that ‘life-is-too-short.’
Two concerts in the last couple months and another concert the first weekend in September, two Santa Cruz getaways, an incredible 4th July on the beach, Just got a new tattoo a couple of days ago, Hot August Nights coming up in Reno, The Bay Bombs car show next month, Movies on the Beach at Santa Cruz every Wednesday, Taking summer college classes, Las Vegas in September, Christmas at a world-famous Hot Springs and resort in Genoa, NV, Puerto Rico in Spring…. It’s all moving fast but I’m loving it and wouldn’t have it any other way.
It feels as though I’ve gotten my wings back and I’m embracing all things wonderful. I’m doing things that make me happy, I’m doing things that are bringing me back to life. I’m doing all the things I used to do but stopped doing after this situation took place. I’m always going somewhere new and outrageous and people love that I keep all their lives exciting too as I drag them with me all over the place! There’s several plays coming up that I’m going to, and a weekend split between the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Francisco and the Secret Garden in Oakland.
I started a Bible Study a few nights ago and that in itself has made me a little stronger by the day. I’m taking control but letting God take the lead and I’ve never found such happiness. This is the first writing break I have taken in ten years and there are days where I am itching to tap the keys but I remind myself of why I need to stick to this time of rejuvenation and reflection. I keep the hope that this rest will only help me uplift my spirit so I will be better all around. A little time off is not something I should persecute myself for.
So I just wanted to catch my babygirl up on what her auntie is doing; feeling elated and inspired. I feel less imprisoned. I am smiling, I am laughing, I am making time for impromptu picnics, I’m pulling over to capture beautiful images on film. I am all-in when it comes to my emotions and actions.
This is honestly the most empowered I have felt in over ten years. I feel like things are coming into focus. I’m able to resist temptations, I am able to sleep. Faith and fulfillment have replaced the constant sorrow and emptiness. I’m loved, I’m blessed, I’m loyal and fun to be around again. I’m way better than I ever was and it has been great getting to spend time working on me. Getting myself back has been a miracle in itself.
Even though I’m taking this little time for myself, not a moment goes by that I don’t think of my niece. I think of her everyday. I miss her every day, and that will never change ….