My golly (yes, I just said golly), can you believe todays the last day of August? I never noticed until my first year out of high school( 5 years ago), how life seems to move @ such a faster pace as you get older. How your life changes from time to time.
To be honest, it’s quite scary in a way. I remember as a kid I used to wish life would speed up so I’d be able to do this and that. But now that I’ve gotten my “wish”, there are times where I wish I could just pause life for minute or two. I’d love to savor certain moments & put them on repeat.
Don’t get me wrong, becoming an adult has been a wonderful adventure on its own. From moving out of the house at 19, and starting a life with Joshua in North Carolina, we both had to grow up quick. The first few months on our own wasn’t all we thought it would be. We learned quickly that money doesn’t grow on trees, and life can in fact not just be butterflies & rainbows.
But with that being said, you learn that as long as you have the people who mean the most to you by your side, you’ll get through the tough times in life & come out stronger and more knowledgeable at the end.
The day Joshua deployed in 2009, I thought my whole world was coming to an end. Watching your best friend, love of your life & husband walk away isn’t easy. Knowing that you two won’t be reunited again for 8 months. Knowing that you can’t just call each other whenever you have something funny or important to say. Knowing that you’ll be waking up alone again, instead of too a gorgeous face. Knowing that holidays wouldn’t feel like holidays. It’s little things in life, that I wish people wouldn’t take for granite.
But, you know what.. I knew it was coming, and I was prepared. I had the greatest friend, who was thankfully going through the same thing (our husbands worked together). We had each other. We were there for one another to wipe away tears, to laugh so hard we cried, to run to the store for one another to get junk food to make us feel better. She was my rock through deployment. We grew up together from this experience. She learned how to shovel, and I learned how to cook better.
&& once deployment came to an end. Joshua & I weren’t exactly the same people. I had a growing love for running. It wasn’t just about us. We were both open to discussing children, and when & if it would happen. We discussed our future more in depth. Our love for one another grew stronger & stronger. We were never ones to fight much, but when we did we learned to control our voices (which we still work on).
We were there to teach each other new things. Rather it be from learning how to drive stick, to taking apart a gun. We viewed our life different whenever we were faced with deaths in our family.
When growing up, you realize that it’s so important to remain close with your parents, in-laws, and family in general. They will always be the ones who will be there for you no matter what. They will love you unconditionally, no matter if you don’t succeed @ something in life. You’ll realize that the things they told you when you were growing up, do in fact matter & do in fact happen. Life is full of unexpected surprises, and if you aren’t prepared… there is a good chance you’ll take a fall. My dad always told me to save 10% of my work checks when I was younger.. did I listen? No, not always. But now that i’m older & smarter, I wish I would’ve listened more. Heck, I could be a millionaire by now 🙂 okay well maybe not a millionaire, but you get what I’m saying.
Both sets of in-laws
So if your still with me, and have read it all.. just know that growing up is okay & it’s worth every fast month. Just make sure to never take certain times in life for granite. Make sure to smile more, or do something kind for someone. You can’t relive your past, but you can always move forward & learn more & more as the days come.
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Have a wonderful weekend everyone ❤ & don’t forget to watch some football!!! 🙂