Moving Forward is my 2011 personal slogan. I don't know what this new year will bring me or where it will take me, but I do know that I can always be moving forward. I feel "stuck" sometimes, but rarely do I sit idle for too long. I believe it's a great advantage to be able to look back on what we have done, endured and accomplished. . .and even our "failures" or mistakes because all those things make up what we do tomorrow. Always moving forward even if sometimes it's not in the direction we "think" we want to be going :) I know where I "want" to be in life, but that doesn't mean taking the more scenic route or even perhaps some detours will keep me from getting there. The only thing that stands in my way of going forward in my life is me. Stopping is not an option, there is no putting it into reverse. . .what is done is done and forward is the only way.
I think about 'what if myself as a young girl could look at what I've done in life, would she be disappointed?' Maybe a little, because when I was a young girl I didn't see how hard life can really be. I also honestly think she would be pretty impressed with all the things I have done, despite the lack of an Oscar :) I had an idea of what I wanted in life when I was as young as 8 or 9 yrs old. But if I had stuck to that plan, then I would perhaps be a movie star, but I wouldn't be a wife, had taken in foster children, or had a lung transplant . . . I didn't ever see those things in my future until they were right in front of me. I've had to learn to fulfill both my childhood dreams and my adult needs/wants. If I had stuck to my 'childhood life plan' I would also be eating Speghetti O's every day. . . . wait, I do that :) Well, even though it can be tough to feel like my life is everything I dreamed it would be, the truth is there are things that are more miraculous than what I could have dreamt about. My 2011 will be all the things that I need it to be and that is all I can ask for in life. If I keep moving forward and looking inward then true happiness will fill my 2011.
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