For me, the last few weeks kept throwing little things at me. I attended a memorial for one of my mentors. CK had been a big influence and one my the managers I worked under when I was in my 20s. When he moves on, I took over his spot and we had always remained friends (the motorcycle industry is small) with him and his wife. Their relationship was an inspiration to me and I knew that my then current situation wasn't what I wanted. Fast forward 21 years later and CK lost the long hard fought battle with cancer.
At that memorial I hung out with some old friends from the industry, hell they remembered me from those days too!
One of my good friends, whom I used to work with as well, also was there and it was great to catch up. She was recently laid off from the parent company we used to work for. A year before retirement, 40 years of experience, the majority of her life the last 10 years has been for the brand she worked for.
We talked last night about some fun old times, how lucky we were, how our problems or issues are so minute in comparison to the rest of the world that doesn't have a toilet, or even a roof.
Life sometimes needs to give you a timeout. It's not fair, it sucks, but you have to get over one through it, gain some perspective and keep trying.
We are never too old for life lessons.
With all that being said, today I am grateful. For my husband, my family, my friends, my coworkers past and present, my neighbors, my community, my dog, and this blog.
Have some compassion today, be kind, smile. You never know when you yourself will be an influence, an inspiration, or just the laugh you share with a friend will give e them the perspective they didn't know they needed.