Squirrel

9a78b6fb851083b2e23ffb9f8c1863a4“Just one more,” I think to myself.

“Okay, that doesn’t quite do it for me, one more please…” I mutter under my breath.

These words come to me after four to five hours of binge watching Netflix. Let’s be real, sometimes it’s up to 12 hours. But for the purpose of people judging me, let’s stick with four to five.

My problem isn’t a lack of ambition, lack of hobbies, or a social disorder. My problem is I actually think my life is what is happening on Netflix.

First show binge; Scandal. Ohh this one was good. Was about five years late to the game but that made watching every episode that much better. It also made shutting it off at 2 a.m. that much harder. But, what I did learn while watching this series, is I now have what it takes to run the country. Yes, you heard me. I learned about back of the house deals, how to manipulate people and that I am untouchable. Man it feels good!

Meanwhile, I brought out the trash today and as I went to throw it in the bin, I hear a commotion, as my trash bag goes airborne through the air and “Clunk!” into the bin, a GIANT squirrel jumped out and almost killed me. What did my dog do? Run. That little four legged ‘protector,’ RAN. Followed by me.

My second binge show; Prison Break. This too proved to be a good watch, pretty sure it is what happens on the back end of everything that was going on in Scandal. Conspiracy? I think so. During this show I realized my potential to break out of any building, trap or situation. I know how to think five steps ahead of everyone. Nothing was a surprise during the show, I saw it all coming, because I too am brilliant.

Meanwhile, I got out of my car yesterday with the seatbelt still fastened.

I may have a few obstacles in my way before I run the country or create a prison break, but, it’ll happen. You wait.

Current Binge; Locked Up Raw. Thinking about getting a pen-pal.

What are you Waiting for?

What are you waiting for

You wake up and you are 60

Close your eyes at night

In fear of seeing tomorrow

Cringe at the thought of failure

Run from the sight of success

Yesterday you were in daycare

Worrying about lunchtime meals

Today you hugged your grandchild

Who smiled so sweet at you

Why do we close our eyes

Run from the future we don’t know

Why do we cringe at the thought of life

Happening to us so slow

We wait for something great to come

Always sitting by the side

We often have a several excuses

Nothing worthy of an answer

Sitting on the porch and suddenly you’re 90

Your life plays back a picture, slow and steady

As each frame passes, there is little regret

Some glimpses cause pain

Others make your heart smile

How did you make it through life not knowing

How do you find a way

What makes you different from all others

How is it you make this world your place

Today your great grandchild is born

Their path in life to come

What stories, strength and love to pass

Will you leave it to the next generation

Life isn’t about how you lived it

It’s about what you left behind

Be a story that goes on for ages

One your children begin to tell

Live each day with fullness

Ever wishing for greatness

Never settle

Never quit

Always be humble

You are living your story now

What are you waiting for

Raised by Best Friends

IMG_6355Your parents spend 18 years raising you. Readying you for the rest of the world. They discipline, teach hard life lessons and are your biggest fan. But what happens when you turn 18? You move out the house, start working or go to college. Who raises you then?

That is where your best friends step in. Your friends raise you. Some do an amazing job, some struggle keeping other friends healthy and alive. It’s a big role to fill, and not one we openly recognize. No one thinks when they are 5 years old, “I can’t wait to keep track of Kristin when she turns 21!” No one wants that task. I don’t even want the task of being an adult, let alone having to be in charge of someone else. It’s scary! But it happens. It’s part of nature.

Your best friends are like your parents, your biggest supporter. However, they also share with you exactly how they feel, if they are true friends. Sometimes it hurts when they say it, but you know at the end of the day they have your best interest at heart.

As I think back, it took a lot of friends to raise me. A village if you will. Some, I have been friends with for over 20 years. They still teach me life lessons, hold me accountable and make me want to be a better.

You can’t choose your parents, but you do get to choose your best friends. Here are 10 ways to know if you have a true best friend.

10. They take off your rose colored glasses.

9. They are there the second anything bad happens, to pick you up off the floor, kick whoever’s ass that hurt you, and get you back to the old you.

8. They know your drinking limit. They get prepared.

7. They motivate you and make you want to be a better human.

6. They know you have some crazy and they let it happen.

5. Regardless of when you last talked to them, you picked up right where you left off.

4. Their couch is always open.

3. They know you, they know when you are being fake and they call you on it.

2. Your significant other also dates all of them. If they don’t like them, you don’t like them.

1. They call you on your BS.

My parents did an amazing job raising me. They instilled so many great qualities, some I have taken for granted. A majority of the credit goes to them and their DNA. However, I am blessed to have some amazing best friends who have continued to raise me after I moved out.

It takes a village to raise a human.

It takes a best friend to make that life worth it.