Monday, July 25, 2011

What inspires you?

What inspires you to pursue your dreams? It could be as simple as a whiff in the air, a smell that you can’t shake, brining you back to a place where anything is possible. It could be an inspirational movie or book, a song that describes it shockingly to the tee. A person’s story of successes, making you think if they can do it why can’t you? I have found inspiration in all of these at one point or another, but the one inspiration that has stuck, the one that has me pressing in and striving for gold is my children.

My sister picked up a wonderful tradition (one I hope continues) of creating short music videos of my children’s birthdays. This last one has pulled at more than one heart string. It’s of my little girl’s fifth birthday, clips of her enjoying her day with Brit Nicole’s Set the World on Fire as the music. If anyone has heard of that song, it in itself is an inspiration. But seeing my little girl so small, just barely starting her life, with the words ‘take my dreams, come and give them wings’ resonating around her, just aches at my heart. I want the world for her. I don’t want any limitations to touch her, all things are possible, all dreams are attainable. If you are a parent you fully understand this. You see them as a clean slate; ‘child-like faith’ is standing right in front of you. Wishing to have wings to fly is very much a realistic wish for her. To wake up one morning and find beautiful, glistening wings is expected. But how do we keep that in them? How do we teach them to hold on to that? Then it struck me. Like with anything else, we have to be examples, role models to them. If we want them to pursue their dreams, we have to pursue ours.
I’m not saying I want my daughter at my age to go to bed expecting to grow wings over night, but I want her to reach for more in her life than the one she’s comfortable with. Do the things you gotta do, take care of your responsibilities, but leave room to go after that one big dream you just can’t seem to shake. Dreams don’t die on their own, someone’s holding the knife I just hope it’s not you.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Would you care to care to dance?

Sometimes life is hard….scratch that, majority of the time life is hard. Headaches used to plague me. I would wake up with my head pounding and go to bed with it still accompanying me, popping Tylenol like they were skittles. Then one day it dawned on me. I was clenching my jaw so tightly it would take a crowbar to unhinge it. Why? Because I was stressed, frustrated and exhausted.  

So what’s my cure for the stressed, frustrated and exhausted? Easy….

 Step one: Close all the curtains, blinds, shutters (believe me when I say, no one’s gonna wanna see this)

Step two: Find whatever song you’re into now and blare it (I mean it…blare it until you can’t seem to come up with a coherent thought)

 Step three: let go and dance.  (it might start off slow, a foot tap, a bouncing shoulder, but just go with it until you’re jumping up and down flailing your arms and legs. I agree, it might be a very loose definition of dancing, but do it anyway.)

This ‘cure’ does a multiple of things. It’s great exercise. It gets the endorphins pumping. But mainly, it lets you get out of your overcrowded mind for a little bit. It’s kinda like a vacation for your brain. You don’t have to think when you are dancing, just let the music move you, pulsate through you. Let it breathe for you, pump the blood for you. Before you know it, a smile will appear and maybe even a few giggles will escape.

***side bar to all the parents: This is great if one of your ‘stressors’ is under 4 feet and runs around calling you mommy. Kids love to dance too and they’ll think it’s hilarious to see mommy doing it with them.

*** here’s a link to some ‘cure’ songs for me. (Don’t ask. For some reason I’m into old movie songs right now. Don’t worry, it’ll pass)