Wednesday, March 18, 2015

You never stop mistaking

As we know life is a book, a book that is written by the minute. I often find myself thinking "When will I ever get this right?" "When will I stop making mistakes?" I have discovered that this tends to be the thought process of many of the people I encounter on a daily basis. It is almost like we have this invisible standard that we feel we must meet and one day we will get it all right and not make these dumb decisions or mistakes again. Well the fact of the matter is that we won't. We won't ever get it right.

In my short life I have found myself making a wide array of mistakes which can be day-changing or life-changing. But it is through these mistakes that I learn some of the greatest lessons. Yes, I do like it when I hear a story from someone else or advice given that completely changes my thought process and allows me to learn without dealing with a specific situation; however, it isn't those moments that make the lasting impressions. Now by no means am I saying that a good sermon or Sunday brunch chat about life mean nothing and aren't worth remembering, but it is the scars we have that are instant reminders of the fire.

Mistakes are apart of life, just as choices are, and you have two choices: You can sink into the self loathing depression we all get caught in at times or you can pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and take the lessons the challenge hands you. Even in the darkest and deepest points of situations there are always lessons to be learned. At the end of some very long roads, that I have chosen to go down, I can look back and see at least one lesson I've learned, even if it is to just trust my instinct the next time.

Failing and making mistakes doesn't mean you are a horrible person. It doesn't mean that you will never learn. It doesn't mean that you are a failure. It doesn't mean that you don't deserve love. It doesn't mean that you are anything negative. It DOES mean that you are a growing human. It DOES mean that you are learning. It DOES mean that you are living fearlessly. It means you're not perfect and you are turning pages.

So keep making mistakes, keep growing, keep running the race, keep falling down and keep getting back up. Life is truly about turning the pages and writing your beautiful story. SO cheers the imperfect people, the racers, the writers, and those who choose to not be defined by anything but their own story and their ability to get back up.

Turn the Page!


Monday, February 2, 2015

A Letter to my Big Sister

Today there are a lot of issues with families and people taking their's for granted, which I am guilty of a lot. I have recently read a bunch of articles on reasons that having a big sister is the greatest or things to thank you little sister for, so I felt the need to shout out to the greatest person I know. A person who is the example of everything I ever wanted to be and everything I never got away with. So here are the things I have never thanked you for, never told you, and sometimes never want you to know.

1. Thank you for being my pass into the "cool crowd." With you being just a few years older I always had my ticket to all of the events safely secured. This ticket never came with a cost and you always made sure of that. Let's be honest, if my overflowing cuteness wasn't enough to warrant all of your friend's love, then you made sure they were always kind. 

2. Thank you for being my constant source of laughter. It never fails that you constantly make me almost pee myself with laughter. Whether it be from quoting movie scenes to  going on crazy car trips you never cease to amaze me with the things you come up with or the questions you ask. So thank you for always being the person I can always count on for a funny memory, a good laugh, and a way to always forget reality. 

3. Thank you for always protecting me. Whether it be from mean people or myself you have never missed an opportunity to be my guardian angel. I constantly hear your voice in my head telling me how I should do something or how I can do anything I set my mind to. When I was younger I only thought you were being bossy but what you were really doing was helping learn from other's mistakes instead of making them for myself. Even when I did make mistakes you were the person who did all she could to shield me from the crazy repercussions as well as helping learn from the consequences. You made sure that I got in trouble a lot, but I know it was only for the purpose of protection from the road I could have gone down. 

4. Thank you for teaching me everything I know. Through never allowing me to be the Pink Power Ranger you taught me that I cannot always get what I want. By taking my allowance money you taught me that it is better to give than to receive. When you poke fun at me you have taught me to be light-hearted and free. By constantly answering all of my questions and teaching me the beauty of Christ's forgiveness through forgiving me for all of my shenanigans you gave me the greatest lesson of all,  His love. 

5. Thank you for being the example of everything I ever wanted to be.  You are the perfect example of a Godly, selfless, beautiful soul. Thank you for exemplifying what a Christ-centered life should look like. With every bit of your insane dance moves and your contagious laugh you represent someone I am proud to have as a big sister, and hope I can grow into. 

It's you and me, me and you, I love you!

Turn the page!