On Thursday, my co-podcaster, Shaun, and husband guy, takes over the blog.
He’s adorable. I hope you’ll read what he says even if he does occasionally sound like a surfer dude from the 1990s or Captain Pontification. And no, we don’t always agree. 🙂
Our beautiful, white, very fluffy and hairy dog, Gabby, passed away a week ago today. We tried to get home from our vacation early, in time to just let her know that we loved her, but we didn’t make.
That sounds very sad, and it is. I have shed a tear or two on multiple occasions, including right now, but I try to be stoically calm as the “big, strong man” of the house. I have been the discoverer of our last two doggie’s passing and I usually take those moments of private time to tell them how I feel about them and appreciate all of the love, happiness, and protection that they provide to my family.
I did not get that alone time on this occasion and secretly (not so secretly now) I regret it. In fact, this will be news even to Carrie when she reads this. That’s okay. I am old enough to just be who I am and not try to maintain any pretenses for the sake of tradition any longer.
I guess that is kind of the point of this blog post. Which, if you haven’t noticed, is my first blog post in like four or five weeks. I mean, we have been on vacation and had a multitude of other things going on, but I am back, baby!
Anyway, I think people just need to start being who they are. There are plenty of people who live by that creed already, but I think it is a majority who don’t. Why live by societal expectations and the widely excepted norms? You know of course that I am not speaking of societal norms like don’t hurt others, etc.
What I am talking about is don’t try to emulate social media influencers. Don’t try to wear the most fashionable trends. Don’t attempt to copy someone else’s personality. Just be your damn self!
Life is so much more enjoyable if you feel free and safe to just be yourself and live your life as you choose. There is so much bull crap surrounding us and telling us how we should live our lives and how we should look. I mean seriously, it is as old as Barbie the doll (I know it is so much older than that!) and as recent as social media, but still just as useless.
All you need to do is be who you feel you really are and act kind to others whenever you can. I believe that most of humanity is kind and caring. Those that are not end up in jail or as politicians (sort of joking there).
Cry when you want to cry! Help another when they need it! Spread your love and goodness as often as you can! Enjoy yourself and this short lifetime that you have been blessed with! Act like a dog damn it!
Take my advice and always Love Your Way Through It!
Carrie wrote a poem about Gabby, and she’ll post more about her tomorrow.
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