Sunday, February 14, 2010

10 Things I've Learned

  1. It's ok to take care of myself. There will still be enough time and energy left over to take care of everyone else. If I do it the other way around, there will never be enough for me. And that's not selfish.
  2. There will always be egg and sperm donors who refer to themselves as "mothers and fathers." Just because your egg or sperm created life doesn't necessarily mean that you're a parent. You're just a donor - especially if you had the child only to spite or to control someone - including the child.
  3. Those donors? They're dumbfucks who will undoubtedly have bad karma revisited upon them in numerous ways.
  4. Letting go of vengeful feelings toward people who've hurt me is hard but SO fucking worth it.
  5. I love watching and hearing my son go sleigh riding. His laughter constricts my diaphragm. I honestly cannot breathe when listening to it for fear that I'll miss one giggle.
  6. Being able to life my right was something for which I was never grateful. Now that it's physically taxing to do it, I am grateful for the challenge and lesson that doing the tough stuff is greatness.
  7. I love my physical therapy people more than some people I've known for years. I've been able to let go of so much excess "life baggage" since my rotator cuff injury, and it's a freeing feeling.
  8. Just I relish in my deep friendships and still firmly believe that the small circle of tightly-knit friends I have is absolutely the most amazing group of people ever - being my friend is something you should savor. If you don't feel the same way, we shouldn't be friends. Really.
  9. I need to reevaluate where I am professionally.
  10. Turning 39 this month was an exhilarating experience for me!

7 comments:

Andrea said...

Awesome list, Amy! I think our profession so often keeps us from being selfish and taking care of ourselves first. I believe I realized the same thing at about the same age as you are now (not that I've gotten much better at it but I'm taking baby steps in that direction). During this unexpected winter break I've been considering writing a letter to my principal about the lack of opportunities for upward mobility for teachers (save for leaving the profession), you've inspired me to get writing because I have some ideas for making it happen by just letting us have more autonomy with how and what we teach.
Thanks for always being a true, honest, incredible person.
Happy Valentine's Day--I love you, my friend :-)

YELLOWDOG GRANNY said...

none of this surprises me as you are one of the smartest people i know...you knew these things all along, just took that one little 'push' to get you going..always take care of yourself first..it's like in airplanes ..when they tell you how to use the oxygen masks..they tell the mother to put it on herself first then the kid..because if you do the kid first you might not be able to do for you and then...who's going to take care of the kid..i love you...

Big Pissy said...

Yeah! What Jacque Sue said! ;-)

xo

amber said...

That list is spot on!

susan said...

LOVE this list and i am savoring savoring savoring every second.
love you!

Shrinky said...

Great gems of wisdom to live by, (though, if it's okay with you, I'll ignore the one on losing bearing grudges until I manage to pay the b******s back, first)!

Emom said...

Just wait till you turn 53! a liberating experience let me tell you....have fun...take care...try not to kill anyone....smiles.

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