So for this weeks assignment there will not be a list of 10 things! :) These were my prompts this week:
1.) Recall a time when you did something to get noticed. Write about it.
2.) Begin with “I wish someone told me…”
3.) If you could rearrange three things about your life what would they be?
4.) What do you love to create?
Although I could do all of them, I will go with number 4.
What do I love to create?
For me...my answer, after a few seconds of thought...is that I love to create togetherness. With togetherness comes memories. I think there is nothing more special, more memorable, more wonderful than having everyone you love together to celebrate a birthday, an anniversary, a holiday or just because.
Maybe it's this time of year that has me all warm and fuzzy thinking about everyone getting together over the holidays? I don't know. But I love having get togethers not just at this time of the year, but all year long. I have a very strong sense of family and I want to be sure to pass that on to my daughter. I think it's important. Family and friends are what keep us going in difficult times. Family and friends are there to lift you up when you are down, make you laugh until you just about pee your pants, and tell you that you are screwing up when you are!
Now don't get me wrong...I don't advocate for having "togetherness" all the time. Alone time is very much needed. But getting together with family and friends for a special occasion, or even a just-because occasion is something I just LOVE! :)
I think being together and having that family bond is important. Life is SO short and if you don't take the time to get together and create memories now, you may end up regretting it later. I can only sit here and wish I had spent more time with my dad's father. Sure, I saw him, but wasn't as close as I should have been to my grandfather. We had get-togethers, but only once a year. That isn't enough. I should have made more of an effort. The same goes for my mom's dad. I can only wish that I knew him. I knew of him, I visited him a few times, but I didn't KNOW him, if you know what I mean. I can't go back and fix that now. I wish I had those memories. I wish I could show Emily a picture of both my grandfathers and tell her stories, but I can't because I don't have many to share. I can tell her maybe one or two, but I don't have my own special memories of them. I DO NOT want that for her and refuse to allow that to happen. She WILL know her grandparents and she will be able to pass on stories to her children of them. The same goes for all her aunties (even the ones that are non-blood related), uncles and cousins too!
The one thing I always try to tell people is to remember that life is so short and if you have some amends that need to be made to your family or friends...make them now. Get together for the holidays. Bridge the gap. Love. Show up. And create your memories. You'll be glad you did!