Love Life. Be Brave. I put this ring on my finger more than three years ago, right before my second divorce, and have worn it every day since.
I’ve lived a lot of life in the last three years. I jumped out of an airplane. Let my heart get broken. Flew over the Grand Canyon in a helicopter (they wouldn’t let me jump out of the helicopter). Became an ordained minister and performed beautiful wedding ceremonies. Got my first passport. Joined a roller derby team and got my ass kicked while also meeting the most amazing people on the planet. Found out I have basal cell carcinoma (skin cancer, but treatable). Learned to play the guitar. Let my heart get broken again.
I have truly loved, appreciated, and learned from every moment.
It’s interesting that in the picture of my ring, “Love Life” came out kind of blurry, but “Be Brave” is crystal clear, almost as if that should be my main focus. Loving life has really never been an issue for me, after all. I’ve had my share of hard knocks just like anyone, but I know there is ALWAYS something good in every day. I very recently lost my job of 11 years and my boyfriend of 2 in the span of a week, and I’m still finding something to smile about each day. Being brave through it all, though? That’s tougher. Life is fucking scary, people!
So now, at 42 years old, I have decided to bravely foray into what I believe may be my true destiny – to learn how to be blissfully single, surrounded by amazing family and friends, with plenty of adventure and continued life lessons ahead. And to WRITE about it. With this blog I plan to reflect on my past, present and future adventures.
Why do I want to share?
Because I know the content will be relatable to someone. 20- and 30-somethings, maybe you can learn from my experiences why you should play roller derby, or why to stay the eff out of tanning beds so you won’t regret it in your 40’s. (I’m serious. Stay OUT of them.) Fellow 40-somethings, we can explore getting older and wiser. (Right now I’m trying to decide if I should go on a singles cruise and write about the experience, and also what exactly the hell is red light therapy and does it actually work? Stay tuned.) 50- to 100-somethings, maybe you can help ME. Tell me what I’m missing out on so I can add things to my Adventure List.
Everyone, comment on my posts and help me on my journey. Tell me why I’m right, wrong, or just plain crazy. Much like life, this blog is a work in progress. I’ll be adding to it often. If I can figure out how to add the opt-in email list, I’ll include it here soon, too.
Until then…Love life. Be brave!