Brace yourself, this isn’t a post making fun of any celebrities, fashion or stupidity. I know it’s shocking, but try to pay attention.
I am a few days away from my 32nd birthday. This once seemed to be an ancient age (back when I was 11), however, I’ve made it to this point and still feel like I’m not a complete adult. Not sure when that’s supposed to kick in or if I ever want it to. Anyway, back to being 11. I made 3 decisions that year that I have actually stuck with.
Here they are:
1. I would never change my last name. I didn’t care how great my future husband’s last name was, I found it strange that women gave up that part of their identity. Also, c’mon, Nightengale is an awesome last name. I am proud to come from the family that I do and it just felt wrong for me to change it.
2. I would always be a 49ers fan. I know. Maybe I should have reconsidered this decision.
3. I would wake up every day and ask God to give me wisdom. People can educate themselves to no end, but true wisdom is a powerful gift. It’s more than common sense or logic, it is a deep understanding of yourself and others. It is having an almost unexplainable intuition about people and situations. I believe that having wisdom is seeing people the way that God sees us – with complete unconditional love. I am still working on this.
I don’t love religion, but I love God…you want to call it a “higher power” or “the Universe”? Ok, fine, whatever suits you. I say God. I believe in taking the good out of every teaching and religion. I believe in not judging others for their particular faith or lack there of, that is not love.
Here I am, an almost 32-year-old adult(sort of) and this is what I know to be true. Feel free to disagree, I won’t give a shit…
~Everyone needs to be passionate about something in life.
~Without compassion, we are doomed.
~Forgiving is the most important thing a human being can learn to do. Not just for others, but for ourselves as well.
~People who fight to be right will always lose.
~There is no love like the love a parent has for their child.
~Everything seems worse at night.
~There are few things funnier than when my Dad imitates my Mom.
~I have been blessed with fantastic parents.
~I talk too much.
~We could all use a little therapy.
~Nobody has it all figured out.
~Blood doesn’t make you family, but memories, love, loyalty & trust sure do.
~I will never be able to tolerate disingenuous people. Be real or be gone.
~Laughter truly is the best medicine.
~My Mom believes in me more than I believe in myself.
~The ocean always puts things in perspective.
~I often say what others just think.
~There is nothing like reading an amazing book.
~My brother gets me in a way that nobody else ever will.
~My kids are all way too much like me, God help them.
~I’m wrong about something every single day.
~I’m a damn good cook.
~My Father is the most generous person I know.
~My Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins have shaped who I am more than they will ever know.
~I love my dogs & my cat, but I always hated the fish. RIP.
~My most comforting meal will always be Puerto Rican chicken, rice & beans.
~Music has very often been my therapy.
~It will all work out.
~When I think of how much I miss my Grandma, my heart actually physically hurts. I doubt that will change.
~All good things come from God.
~I have an addiction to magazines.
~I love talking to, texting & laughing with my Dad because he’s like me….but smarter.
~Owls are adorable.
~I am vain.
~All forms of Art are valuable; Dancing, Acting, Painting, Singing….we NEED this in the world.
~It really is all about the little things.
~I am loved.
~Happiness is a choice.
~Golden Oreo ice cream is delicious.
~You can’t change others.
~Being at peace with myself is more important than what others think of me.
~I was definitely a bird in a past life.
~People that place so much value in material possessions, often don’t value themselves.
~Camping at the beach every year with my family is my favorite childhood memory.
~Nothing seems real until I’ve shared it with my Mom.
~Patience is a virtue I sometimes wish I didn’t have so much of.
~Sharks & Snakes are evil.
~Sometimes insanity has a pretty face and lipstick, be careful.
~I like spooky houses, mysteries & conspiracy theories.
~My children are who they are, my job is to help them love and accept themselves, not change them.
~I’m slightly hilarious.
~The smell of a Nectarine makes me smile.
~I will always dance in my kitchen.
~I have so much respect for my Ancestors.
~Sometimes God asks us to do exactly what we don’t want to do. Do it anyway.
~I will forever be a curious person.
~Embracing our own imperfections allows us to love others in spite of theirs.
~I am my Mother’s daughter.
Most of all…
~I know who I am and will never apologize for it.