Thankfulness Day Four:
I am thankful for transportation. Throughout my life, I have relied on several different modes of transportation. As a young girl, nothing was better than walking barefoot in the sunshine. Born and raised a Florida girl, I was never at a lost for sunshine! You can’t deny how amazing the Florida sun and how the warm sand feels under your toes! My love of walking grew more and more during the summers that I spend in the mountains of NC. The quiet calm of the mountains mixed with the cool temperatures and the opportunity to be at peace with yourself or love ones that escape with you. Although I am not an outdoors type of girl, nothing made me happier than hiking with my Grandfather in the mountains of Hendersonville. Like any typically teenager, when I hit 15, I was anxiously looking forward to get my driver’s license. The love of walking was quickly replaced with the joy of getting behind the wheel! The power of driving, the love of the alone time that it offered and the joy of the ability of just go; whenever and where ever is what attracted me to driving. Of course, if you know me, you know I don’t have a great history with driving. I will let you in on the secret – it took me several tries (like 4-5 times) to get my driver’s license – even after taking driver’s ed and having a private driving instructor. In my mid-twenties, I relocated to Philadelphia, where my love of driving was quickly replaced with the thrill of city mass transportation – bus, subway and even the occasional cab ride. It certainly was a tough life, at times, getting on buses with my sweet baby girl (who was 2 at the time I relocated there) but not having to worry about car insurance payments, getting gas and the other stresses that came with owning a car was a great blessing at the time. I found that we spend less money when we couldn’t just jump in a car and go somewhere and we were much fitter since we were back to walking places. And now in my life, I am thrilled to have the lifestyle where I am back to exploring different modes of transportation. I am blessed to have a car back in my life now and use it as my main transportation. Having many different cars in my life; a Volvo growing up to a Toyota SUV to a Honda to my dream car – a sexy white mustang, I am happy to have my new love Rusty. Not much of a car, Rusty is an old soul (like me) that was loved by his original owners for many years and has joined me in this new chapter of my life. He is joined by Marcus – my sleek but worn in bicycle. This new chapter of life, in Florida, affords me the ability to be active and participate in activities in which both Rusty and Marcus are used regularly and therefore I am thankful for transportation – however it comes into my life.
Thankfulness Day Five:
I am thankful for crap, reality tv. I will admit it, I am a fan of crap reality tv – the stupider the better for me. Life can be difficult, stressful and very up and down and when the realities of life gets to be overwhelming, crap reality tv is a silly outlet. During stressful times, others choice to gamble, drink, run or other ways to escape but for me, I am thankful for crap, reality tv! Maybe it is the something that keeps me feeling young. Certainly I know that it is a time sucker – I have found at times that I sit down to watch a reality tv show and next thing I know, hours have gone by. But the concept of watching silly reality tv shows at times has lighten tense situations and helped to introduction laughter when much needed. So for me, as silly or bad as others might think it is, I am thankful for crap reality tv.