Do you have a constant internal dialogue discussing all the things you need to do or should be doing? I do. And yet, there is so much that I have done.
Yesterday I came across an inspiring list created by Kerstin Auer honoring the things she has done. She was prompted by a blogging link-up by Andrea B Now, I’m inspired.
In lieu of the closet, here's a few things I've done:
*Attended a presidential rally. Forward!
*Saw my favorite rock icons in concert: Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, and U2.
*Traveled from coast to coast to over 25 Dave Matthews Band concerts.
*Met my significant other online—MySpace to be exact.
*Survived two C-sections and was rewarded with two beautiful daughters.
*Survived the terrible twos, twice.
*Put my foot down and said “no” to my daughters several times, surviving the excruciating pain of knowing they were disappointed.
*Watched my oldest daughter star in her middle school musical (oh, the nerves. She did so well).
*Listened in amazement to my younger daughter practice her clarinet. She’s so talented.
*Read many poems of praise written for me by my daughters.
*Tucked in my girls at bedtime most every night for 14 years.
*Visited Las Vegas three times.
*Traveled to London, Paris, Nice, Florence, and Lucerne.
*Taken the 3 1/2 hour boat tour around Manhattan.
*Saw Bebe Neuwirth play Velma Kelly in the musical Chicago on Broadway.
*Had “the talk” with my daughters. We aren't done, it is ongoing.
*Was runner-up in Junior Miss Ohio in 1987, which allowed me to go to college with the scholarship awards.
*Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Early Child Education in 2012.
*Have had many jobs: cocktail waitress, daycare worker, fitness center manager, pizza server, telemarketer, wardrobe consultant, retail merchandiser, and stay-at-home mom. My favorite has been stay-at-home mom.
*Confronted my perpetrators. I am a survivor of child sexual abuse.
*I've asked for help.
*I've received help.
*Gained and lost 60 pounds.
*Danced with a professional dance company.
*Danced in my living room.
*Gained and lost ten pounds.
*Recovered from an eating disorder.
*Had two photos selected by the Columbus Museum of Art to be included in their Photo Hunt installations.
*Was honored as a BlogHer 2012 Voice of the Year.
*I've been a wife and an ex-wife.
*Lived in Chicago, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Louisiana, Northern California, and now Columbus, Ohio.
*I've done punk rock karaoke.
I leave you with one of my favorite songs, so apropos:
photo credit: the camera is a toy. via photopin cc