Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thankful Thursday

BIG thanks for all of the birthday wishes yesterday. Thus far, this birthday has been like Chuck Norris. It kicks ass. I say thus far because I've got a full weekend of fun festivities planned and I'm so looking forward to all of the hoopla. I obviously love celebrating birthdays and try to drag mine out as long as I can. Heh.

Since I have been celebrating myself and my birth, today, I'm thankful for me. Now before you get all "Oh no she di-in't!" on me, let me explain.

As a person who writes a blog and talks endlessly about herself you'd think I was a full-on big time supporter of myself. However, in full disclosure, this isn't always the case. At times, I can feel like a big, huge dummy. And I sometimes struggle with confidence and have to remind myself that it's ok to make mistakes. I'm terribly hard on myself and have issues with "just letting things go."

I know a lot of others who deal with this as well and I feel as though I can reach out to those folks through this blog and say, you know what? It's ok to be thankful for you. And celebrate you. Sure, none of us is perfect and that's absolutely fine, but every now and again we do need to pat ourselves on the back for getting through this life that can be so demanding of our souls.

I'm not trying to get all Dr. Phil on you but I always feel the need to be "real" and open with you guys. There are bumps in the road and they leave me wondering what I should or could have done better or differently. My dad always used to tell me not to worry about past decisions because you made the best one that you could at that time. He was a very smart guy.

My life's not all rainbows and butterflies. It's actually more unicorns and puppies with an occasional jackass thrown in for good measure. And I'm quite happy the vast majority of the time. In fact, the entire month of February has been more "Chuck Norris" then I could have even imagined. But, I can get bogged down in the "what-if's" and the "why-me's."

So instead of lamenting how I sometimes can't do basic math (fine, a lot of the time) or how sad it is that I can buy sports bras made for tweens, I'm going to celebrate that I am a great speller, an awesome friend, and I can totally remember movie lines after having only seen a movie once.

I'd much rather be me than anyone else, bad math and all.

What are you thankful for today?


P1t0 said...

Happy belated Birthday!

Just one comment... If you are not thankful for yourself, then no body else will be. It has to start with you!!

Great Post!

Redhead Running said...

This is hands down my absolute most favorite post you've written lately.

And in case you didn't know, I am thankful for you every single day. Your friendship means the world to me and there have been plenty of times I honestly don't know what I would have done without you. You are there for me 100% and I couldn't ask for a better confident and friend.

Whenever you're getting a case of the Debbie Downer's on yourself just look in the mirror and get all Stuart Smalley; "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people LOVE me."

Evolving Through Running said...

Wise and insightful words. I used to be a crazy perfectionist and beat myself up over mistakes, but my wife started breaking me of those habits, and I've really let them go since my kids were born. Sometimes the mistakes make the best memories and bring about the biggest laughs.

Watch out for jackass unicorns ... very rare, but they throw a huge wrench in the equilibrium of life.

Brooke Shemwell said...

I'm thankful for you too. :) You have been helpful in getting my blog more traffic and your posts make me chuckle almost every day, heehee.

Lisa said...

Happy belated birthday!

I'm happy for this post, I'm feeling SUPER dumpy today and this really helped me! Thanks for putting yourself out there on the internets, it's always a good read.

Jason said...

You gotta be you...who else could you be?

We all have roles in life and if we act like somebody else then we are disturbing the universe. Be you and the world moves forward smoothly. Be somebody else and well puppies die.....just sayin'

Happy B-Day again to you!!!!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Yeah, we Dads are pretty smart and it takes you kids a while to realize that! HA..... You mean basic math like calculus??

Katie said...

I would let you pet my unicorn.

Elizabeth said...

Happy happy happy!!

Michelle Dragoo said...

I think we all do that love...keep your chin up, we're all supporting you! xoxo!

Spike said...

You rock. That is all that matters. As my boy 50 cent says, don’t you worry about them hatters, and always brush your teeth.

I'm thankful that you came to visit last weekend, the Redhead and I will miss you terribly this weekend.

tawnee said...

Happy belated bday..
Being a great speller is AMAZING. I'd trade you ANYTHING for that. Also, grammar--I suck!

Today, i'm grateful for good friends

Lisa said...

This is a really fantastic post. I can definitely relate to this sentiment. I love the comments by P1to and Jason, too - so true. I am thankful I found your blog a few years ago. Even though I don't get here to read each post, every time I do I leave feeling a bit happier than I arrived. Plus, I learned about ice baths from you! ;)

Happy belated Birthday! I hope you've had a great weekend celebrating!

TX Runner Mom said...

Happy belated birthday!!! I am thankful that I read this post. :-)