Warning .. I am being sentimental again!
As I mention at the beginning of the video, I was blessed to have fabulous role models through my life.
My parents taught me how to live a full life. Believe it or not.. my introverted Mom was the adventurous soul.. coming up with a dream and showing me how to make it happen, every single time.. . The first one (of many) I remember was our cross Canada ride when I was six.. I may not have realized then how monumental it was, but I do now. She decided she wanted to do this, so they went and got their bike license, bikes, packed their young children up and off we went. People said it was crazy, that we were to young.. it was so far.. she showed me to follow your dreams despite what others believe.
They took us on other trips and also showed me that their relationship was as important as our family’s by taking their own trips. Not that as a child I was ever happy with being left behind, but I think the hopes of a new Barbie from Gram would soothe my injured soul.. I was fickle. Lol
Dad made sure I knew how to laugh.. not just at myself but how important it is to help others laugh with you. How to play and find joy in little things. He invested in me the love of the wind in your face and two wheels down. through him I realized what qualities I need in a partner and the value my own life has. He reminded me (often) to be true to myself. He taught me how to love true and deal with loss.
Of course they both shared these roles, they also shared teaching me how to work hard, how to love deeply, how to grieve loss (that one lesson may have been a bit harder to get through for all of us)
They taught me to cherish roots but not to stay rooted.
These are all lessons I hope to be passing down to my children.
They taught me that not all relationships are always forever but that they all have irreplaceable value. That change isn’t always a bad thing.
They taught me the importance of loving myself and ensuring I live my best life, even if getting there is painful. Teaching this lesson meant they brought other important people into my life.
My step father. He taught me how to love unconditionally and patience (ok that one he may be still working on). That the road isn’t always easy but to stand your ground when it matters. Through him I learned that what may seem like a bad thing can really be a blessing.
My step mother. She taught me how to “work it out” when life throws a kink into an important relationship and to not just give up.
My children, all of you.. birthed and found, all (7) of you make living my best life worth the struggle. You keep me going. You remind me just how unique we all are. You are my greatest prize and I am so proud of you all.
My (3) grand daughters. You remind me that blood is a technicality and family is a bond. You give me hope for the future.
There are more people, my friends, I treasure you all for helping me through the ups and downs. For loving me and reminding me that people are good. You laugh with me and at me. You all are there to keep me moving forward and never let me sit and spin to long. You support me and believe in me .. every single time I get ANOTHER new life plan.. that I am sure is my forever path.
All of you.. you know and love me despite my Gypsy soul.
DC. My partner in crime.
You taught me what the poets always knew. Love is real. That when it’s right it is as easy as breathing even when it isn't perfect.. the breathing is just a little deeper.. hahah... Through you I see the great strength people have to overcome anything. You are proof that fighting for yourself is as important as standing for others. You bring my life joy and make the journey through everyday better. Through every step I take on this winding path you are right there beside me. You are the one I can laugh with even in the odd moments, you are the one I want to make my now, soon and forever from now goals with and you always help me CRUSH THEM!
I am so blessed to have so many people
Here is a few moments with just a few of those people.
(disclaimer.. if you don't see yourself and think you should.. come get some selfies with me! )