In the past few months I have met some of the most amazing women. I have been a part of some of the most inspirational and life changing events. The influence we all have on one another – the good and the bad – the calm and the knowing – the controlled and frenzied is greater than any of us probably realize. And I am so very grateful for each and every moment.
In our day in and day out routine we run into people who alter our path or change our lives – maybe for a moment and possibly for a lifetime. For so long I moved through my daily rituals and lived inside my very small world without much thought of much more than that. And at no exact moment on the time line of my life – it took a turn – hell – it took a fucking 90 mile per hour pedal to the medal hold on tight the road is wet kind of turn. Life swings ladies – it swings when we least expect it and it changes us
In what I fondly call my mid life awakening – my eyes shot wide open and my heart began to listen to all it was supposed to listen to. And on this journey I have found there is so much good in this world and so many incredible women who make it that way that I wonder out loud how I ever lived my life not knowing – not seeing what was literally right in front of me.
There are women with strong spirits and life experiences talking to and laughing with other women who might be quietly struggling as they try to figure out this challenging life. There are the women with more years lived and miles walked, touching a younger woman’s life with words of wisdom and support and perhaps a different view of this life and it’s rewards. I have met women who have reminded me about irreverence and time outs and to simply move to the music that we all too often forget is playing all around us. I have been reminded of what real; rolling in the deep crazy ass laughter is all about.
There is a give and take in this life and if we take the time to look into the eyes of the stranger who is smiling at us from across the room we have everything to gain. We should not be afraid to reach out and make a connection just for the sake of the connection. There are lessons to be learned in the simplest of occurrences – we just need to allow them – we just need to recognize them. We should all get out of the house and experience this adventure called life. I had been on lock down and didn’t even realize it until I opened my eyes and my heart to what was already out there just waiting to be found.
Life is about growth, change, struggle and challenges. It is about acceptance, tolerance, kindness and humor. It is about every single one of us coming to a place of certainty that allows us to see the glass half full – or in my case – to see the glass overflowing. Our lives only become truly meaningful when we dare to listen to and acknowledge all that each of us has to teach the other. I don’t know why or how – but I know this to be true.
This life is about moments lived and memories made. And I know for certain that even the moments that I have forgotten have made me the person that I have become.
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About K. Guzman
Kathy grew up all over the US - lots of east coast time. She is a surfer girl with an unabridged curiosity. A woman whose mid life awakening continues to bring her to the place she was meant to be. Her degree in Journalism/Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida is being yanked from the archives and put to good use. Her two kids are grown and rock stars in this wild world – her Harley is ready for some serious summer miles – and her heart remains open to life, women and the possibilities each day brings.