Family. I was raised by the most wonderful parents, surrounded by nosy aunts and uncles (told every uncle that HE was my favorite,) brothers, a s-i-l who is the sister of my heart, huge holiday dinners where everyone pitches in, even with the dishes. Babies (to hug and hold and give back at this point!) Lifelong friends. I would drop everything to be there for my family and friends and they have certainly done the same for me.
My children are my heart. It is their time now to go out and spread their wings but I certainly miss them along with the school and volleyball volunteerism. I will always be there for them, unconditionally, and am proud of the young women they have become.
Understanding the importance of balancing life with fun is so important. Life is messy but that doesn’t mean you can’t LIVE it. There is so much to discover off the beaten paths – both literally and figuratively. I want to enjoy the ride and not just the destination. Back roads are so much more beautiful than taking the quickest route.
Enough of the sappy. Let's run with the dogs on the beach in the Fall. Sit on a back deck with friends on a Friday night. Go hear a band - old rock, Irish, Country. Dance (although I've been noted to have two left feet!) SING LOUD AT A PIANO BAR! (Warning, after two drinks, I totally talk with my hands.) New York or local theatre. Musicals. SNORKELING. Boats of any kind. Any amusement park ride with the exception of a straight drop (although at 49 my neck prefers the smooth metal coasters over the jerky wooden ones!) I Recently went stunt flying for the first time (passenger, not pilot) and absolutely loved it! Not sure I'd have the guts to jump out of an airplane, although I'd consider it with the right partner who would give me a gentle push with a totally safe chute.