Special …

Last night Sid, George and Libs (my three oldest children) took me to see Imagine Dragons at The Forum. It was incredible! I LOVE Imagine Dragons but it didn’t occur to me until last night how many songs of theirs I actually run to. HA! I guess their songs really speak to me. And they certainly got me up and dancing last night. The performance itself was absolutely phenomenal. The band really puts on quite a show visually and sends some beautiful and authentic messages throughout about acceptance, suicide, depression and mental health just to name a few. And if you thought Dan Reynolds’ voice is powerful when you hear it on your earbuds, JUST WAIT, until you hear it live. WHOA! I am no expert but I will tell you that this man can sing!

But what I loved most about last night, is who I got to share it with. My kids. They started planning this 50th birthday celebration for me a long time ago. The effort it took to pull it all off and to keep it a secret from me until my actual birthday took a village. They certainly surprised the heck out of me and made me feel loved. I know I say this a lot but I really do have the greatest kids in the world.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel special!!!

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Find your joy …

Life doesn’t hand you happiness. Birth was never a guarantee that you would be happy. It meant that you had a chance at it. Having worked in mental health services for a number of years I came to have some understanding of biochemistry and how it affects our brains. I began to believe that if someone can be biochemically depressed then there must be others who can have a propensity to be happy. I honestly think I’m one of those people. I wake up, about 95% of the time, in a good mood, sometimes for absolutely no reason at all. I know that this is a blessing beyond blessings. And TRUST ME, I am very thankful. But the fact still remains that I’m left with my day. And what to do with it. Good or bad I have to strive to keep that happiness alive. Some days are WAY easier than others. Some days are impossible. But if I can EKE OUT even a smidgeon of happy I consider my day a success. Happiness is definitely an inside job that takes a heck of a lot of work to obtain and maintain. But dang, it’s worth it!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find your joy!!!