INTRODUCTION TO: 50 Life Lessons
“We Are All a Work In Progress”'
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I shouldn’t be here today sharing my story with you, honestly! Somehow, I made it through the scary, dark maze that I created myself and someway was able to find my way to this amazing light that is leading me onward on a pathway that I never thought I’d be on. Please continue reading as I share my journey to where I am today, with the goal being if my story helps just one person, then it will have been worth telling.
I have so much to share with you, but if I may ask one thing of you, it would be that you will do your best to keep an open mind and heart as you push on into my world as told by a lady of 41 years with an old soul. I write that I have an old soul because it feels like I have already lived and experienced more than most people experience in their whole life and for some interesting reason, I am in love with things from the 40’s-50’s. Just to prove it to you, “I Love Lucy” is my all-time favorite show. Doris Day, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Audrey Hepburn and Katherine Hepburn to name but a people you’d see grace my T.V. screen often as I love watching old black and white movies. What can I say?! I love the classics!
One of my goals for this eBook is to impart some of my most valuable life lessons for you. Expect to come on a memorable ride with me, that is, if I do my job right! You will encounter moments that touch your heart, some that may make you melt and perhaps will have you shed a salty tear or two. Some will right out make you chuckle and shake your head. In the end, I hope that you will find at least one brilliant, golden nugget or tidbit of information that you can take from, learn from and be a better person because of reading my book.
Up until this point in my life, I have felt that I have intentionally been taking the road that others overlook. I feel strongly and with all of my being that I don’t want to be like the majority. I don’t want to think, act or be like our society expects me to be. I take pride in "swimming against the current." Do you ever feel like that? It can be a truly wonderful thing!
With over 7.5 billion people in the world today, August 4th, 2017 at 9:34 A.M., it may seem impossible to think that one can be original at anything, but I like to think that I am an optimist, at least I try to be most times. I used to be more of one when I was in my late teens and early twenties, but that was before I really lived and could understand through experience how life worked. I'm still figuring out stuff into my 40's and I'm completely cool with that!
Today, I try not to beat myself up too much and consider myself a work in progress. I got broken along my journey as do many people in life, but I decided years ago that my failures weren’t going to define me, they would be exactly what motivates me. I work hard to constantly repair myself into what I like to think of being a well-oiled Swiss army knife kind of gal again.
I want to point out this, I believe that each of us are supremely unique, special and a one-of-kind, even if there are tons of people sharing this amazing place we call earth. If we weren’t then why does no two people share the same fingerprint or DNA string? Hum, can you tell me why not! Cuz we all are individuals and are blessed with life so that we can serve our life’s purpose, whatever that may be for each of us. I just know that I feel special and hope that you do too!
Robert Frost wrote one of my favorite poems of all time, “The Road Less Traveled.” In his very powerful, thought-provoking poem, my absolute favorite part is when he wrote,
“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
This poem resonates deep within me and rocked me to my core the first time I laid eyes on it. After reading it for the first time I immediately felt like it was speaking directly to me. I could easily identify the invaluable lessons that it offered. When I look back at the last 40 years of my life, I feel like I have purposefully taken the road less travelled in my life and at times it felt like I was moving forward on a steep incline. While other times, I felt both like I was treading in place on a level plateau where I wasn’t going forward or backward. My main goal was to never slip and move backwards. Let me point out that, I am someone who views myself as a work-in-progress, I’m not perfect or better than another else, I’m just me, trying to do my best.