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  December 31, 2013

Impressions 2013 - Vow

*This post is my impression for the year 2013

The best “resolution” I ever made was to form friendships with people who have toys. It was a joke… sort of. Hot tub anyone? Fortunately for me, I now have friends who share some of their pretty awesome toys! Do you think that’s what experts had in mind when they suggested creating smart goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely)? Probably not.

As someone who has spent countless hours on self introspection, I’m still not sure what I want to do with my life. Not like the person who always wanted to have a child. Not like the person who always wanted to code video games. And certainly not like the person who always wanted to be a lawyer! Not to single out lawyers (my sister is a great one) but isn’t it true that many people go to law school because they still aren’t sure what they want to do for a living?

In reality, most of us are always a work in progress, constantly in motion, even at rest. When we are “young” we are always in a hurry to get somewhere (drive, drink, go to jail, oops I meant graduate) until one day we realize that the journey matters more than the destination. A shock, at least for me. If only I could TRULY appreciate every second as a gift.

When Oprah described Nelson Mandela as a man who was “unscathed by bitterness”, I pondered why I couldn’t show a quarter of his grace. While many of us will focus on our finances and health only to fail I wonder why we approach our resolutions all wrong.

This year DJ and I got hitched and were humbled by our family and friends. We wrote our vows and decided to have fun with it. But a vow isn’t something you say once and forget about it. A vow is a way of life. While DJ said he’d promise to love me more than Dale Jr wins races (not often, though we are hopeful), he also said he couldn’t wait to see what the years hold for us in the future. I love his open ended optimism in juxtaposition to my realism: “As the years go by and our sexiness fades I will still be married to the man who makes me laugh every single day.”

DJ was the first friend I made with a cool toy… a boat. And while I “achieved” my resolution, life-just-happened, or as Allen Saunders wrote: “Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans.” Perhaps next year I can focus more on actually living in the present (house hunting) rather than figuring out where I want to be in the future (owning a house). What about you?

Read prior impressions…
Impressions 2012 - Faith
Impressions 2011 - Dream
Impressions 2010 - Penguin
Impressions 2009 - Smile
Impressions 2008 - Fun
Impressions 2007 - Inspiration
Impressions 2006 - Magic
Impressions 2005 - Love
Impressions 2004 - Influence

  February 2, 2013

"I still hear the songs, reminding me of a friend." ~ Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia featuring John Martin

  December 31, 2012

Impressions 2012 - Faith

*This post is my impression for the year 2012

I Spit on Your Grave, Goon, and Sucker Punch were some of the movies DJ and I enjoyed watching at home in 2012. And then there’s It’s a Wonderful Life. It’s an annual tradition. What is it about this movie from 1946 that makes it so enduring? The message certainly tugs at one’s heart.

This year’s top Google searches included coverage of Hurricane Sandy, Whitney Houston’s death, Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, The Olympics, presidential debates, the Penn State scandal, Kony, Honey Boo Boo, and Gangnam Style. Google created a pretty cool recap.

Yes, we are all attracted to the train wreck and controversy. Negative political ads work well. But we are still interested in feel-good stories too.

I spent a lot of time reflecting on faith over the last year. What is faith? Per Google it means “complete trust or confidence in someone or something”, and I have faith in the little search engine company that could. After all, they know everyone’s bacon number!

Watching It’s a Wonderful Life is enduring because it reminds us to have faith in the goodness of people. The world didn’t end on December 21st of 2012 and the world isn’t gloom and doom. I know this because every time there is a horrible tragedy we witness acts of heroism and kindness.

I’m hardly the epitome of benevolence. Fortunately, I am surrounded by people like you who remind me that when all else is lost one can still be rich in friendships. Thank you for your friendship and for strengthening my faith.

Read prior impressions…
Impressions 2011 - Dream
Impressions 2010 - Penguin
Impressions 2009 - Smile
Impressions 2008 - Fun
Impressions 2007 - Inspiration
Impressions 2006 - Magic
Impressions 2005 - Love
Impressions 2004 - Influence

  December 30, 2012
May you always be rich in friendships.

May you always be rich in friendships.

  December 26, 2012

"Hold on, to me as we go; as we roll down this unfamiliar road; and although this wave is stringing us along; just know you’re not alone." ~ Home by Phillip Phillips

  August 19, 2012

"Because though the truth may vary; This ship will carry; Our bodies safe to shore." ~ Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men

  August 10, 2012

"That’s my daughter in the water I lost every time I fought her." ~ Daughter covered here by DRockT123, written by Peter Blegvad, also covered by Loudon Wainwright III.

  July 12, 2012

"You shoot me down but I won’t fall, I am titanium" ~ Titanium by David Guetta featuring Sia (cover by Madilyn Bailey)

  July 11, 2012

"Now and then I think of when we were together like when you said you felt so happy you could die" ~ Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye (cover by Walk off the Earth)

  March 28, 2012

"Throw your sticks and your stones, throw your bombs and your blows but you’re not gonna break my soul." ~ Part of Me by Katy Perry