In my quest to turn things around I have been scouring the internet for all things positive, amazing, life affirming, or simple. I’d love to put together a great resource for people that is condensed, concise, and all in one place, something like a handbook for living. And last night I stumbled across a great blog belonging to a man I would want to be if I were a man and didn’t want to be me. I mean honestly, just the name of his blog, Live your Legend, is priceless and instantly made me want to read further. His post, and subsequent referral to another blog, was inspiring, starting a blog that matters was a concept I hadn’t put into words but was feeling in my soul. It clicked, it all fell into place. The point in all of this is that I realized I wanted to do more than blog, I want to make a difference. Not just in my own life and the dear sweet men who are forced to share it with me, but in the lives of anyone seeking a better way to live. I want to reach and impact people who feel lost, unfulfilled, damaged, or depressed. I want to help create moments of beauty and laughter for people I will never meet as well as those who already love me.
I’ve been a caretaker and a nurturer my entire life. I may have been the youngest of three children, but by the time I was born the only role not taken was responsible adult, so I snatched up quickly and took off running. I’ve been the glue, the icebreaker, the mediator, the go between, the inspiration, the shoulder, the confidant, the champion, the cheerleader, and the tissue of many a soul and while I can’t say it has always been fun or I walked away clean, I can say I felt good helping others.
Most of my life I have spent working with animals. Again a caretaker role. I made their lives better by teaching their people how to communicate with them, what to expect from them, and how to help them make better choices. I loved the feeling of turning things around for folks, of making homes happier for pets. I still get goose bumps when I think about it. So what if I could do that for people all over? What if I could do that for friends, family, and strangers? I don’t profess to be an expert at life, or a guru of everything, but what if I could take the wisdom of others, the expertise of the world and narrow it all down into a Handbook for the Living. A quick reference guide to how to live simpler, better, happier lives doing and being what we love. That would certainly be a blog that matters, that would undoubtedly be something that people would bring into their lives. I can’t be the only one who feels there is a better way out there. As a matter of fact the blogs I’ve been stumbling on prove I’m not.
In the past 5 years I have been through just about every tragedy or life changing event a person can withstand. I’ve had divorce, job loss, career change, marriage, suicide, births, foreclosure, more death, moving cross-country, and losing family members to stupid circumstances, and yet I am still here, relatively intact, mostly optimistic, and certainly improving. I still laugh everyday. I still have hope. My good friend once told me if I didn’t have bad luck I’d have no luck at all; and he isn’t wrong. So why am I still standing? Why am I still filled with hope and glittery things? Why is my response to all this different from what someone else’s would have been? Why do I still believe that I can have good luck if I only step up and start making it happen?
So that is what I am going to do; this journey I set out on, this path or reconstruction or life into something better will be the ground work for a Handbook for Living. I want this blog to matter. I want to reach people it could matter too. I want to make my own luck. I want to change things.
If you like this message please share it. If you know someone who needs reconstruction, they are not alone. Let’s take action! Let’s start a movement. There is strength in numbers. There is strength in believing.