Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we should dance. ~Author Unknown
A few months back I had an awakening in Vegas, as I called it. I sat back and thought of my life, the choices, the blessings, and the people who’s paths have crossed with mine here and there. There are some very good people in this world, full of kindness and joy, many of which have come into my life through social media. I also have wonderful real life friends who have nothing to do with the travel industry, blogging, or even know what Twitter is.
I’m currently returning home from a recent trip to Las Vegas. Since my last visit, life for me has changed in so many ways. In big ways. From that time at CES to this moment, right here, right now, I’ve grown up. Yes, at 38 years old you would think that I would have reached that milestone already, but I’ve always held onto a bit of childish dreams, that anything was possible.
I still believe that.
There are some major changes going on in my life, some of which are not meant for the internet or Facebook. Some of these changes are disappointing to people, but I’ve come to this point in my life where I realized I was living life trying not to disappoint people and completely forgot about being me, who I am.
As a mother, as a parent, there is this big word called “responsibility”. Many of us do what is expected. We get a job, get married, have kids and buy that cute dog and we end up living in that nice house driving new cars. But what about all those things in life we always wanted to do, but we put them aside to be responsible? And how long is this responsibility supposed to last?
I read an article a few months back about the top five regrets of the dying. The thing most people regretted: Wishing they had the courage to live a life true to themselves, not the life others expected of them.
Since my “awakening in Vegas” I had been thinking so much about my life and what I didn’t do. Then a few weeks ago, when it was time for my latest MRI, I found out that my brain tumor had shrunk by 20 percent. No treatments. No drugs.
So I sat back and made a few tough decisions. Very hard decisions that affect not only me, but my entire family. I’m starting to live a life true to myself and I can’t live the life others expect of me. It’s time for me to dance and I hope you’ll dance too.