I really should be doing something else besides writing this morning. I have stacks of laundry to put away, I’m going out of town and need to pack, and my house is crazy.
But it’s been one of those weeks of so many ups and a few really low downs, that I know I need to sit and write out some of these feelings.
Highs: Luke made it to the top 12 of The Voice. It’s so surreal hearing his name on TV and seeing him perform.
But it’s also not that crazy either. People keep asking me, “What’s it like to see your brother all famous now?”
To be honest, it’s really not that different except that now I have this peace in my heart when I think about him. I don’t worry about him like I used to when I knew he was struggling to make his career work. He’s worked really hard to get to this spot, so it’s a peaceful joy, not a “how did this happen?”
And I guess celebrity doesn’t affect me like it does some other people—of course I have never met Dave Grohl so there is no definitive proof that I won’t go all fan girl on a celebrity.
I interviewed Luke yesterday for a story I’m doing for the newspaper and he said something that I think sums it all up—the most important thing in life is to be a good human.
That’s my parents’ phrase and it was drilled into us growing up. They would both say, “Nothing is more important than being a good human and raising good children.”
Sure they are proud of our accomplishments, but none of that would matter if we were jerks or miserable.
And I believe that. Just be a good human and if you have children, raise them to be good humans, everything else is just cake.
Other highs: The job has been fun this week, hanging out with celebrity chefs in swanky hotels and cooking classes and I had some fun interviews about some of my favorite events going on in Savannah.
And Savannah is so beautiful this time of year—nothing beats walking around downtown in the middle of the day in the fall. It’s just so beautiful here.
Another high: Took my daughter to high school night at her school. Yes, my baby is going to high schoolnext year.
The way schools in Savannah work is so much different than what I grew up with. There are several good high schools in town and they all have different specialty programs like culinary arts, cosmetology, pre-med, engineering, advanced biology, marketing and business.
So the high schools set up shop in the school gym and we went to each booth to hear their pitch and figure out where she wants to apply.
My kids already go to the performing and visual arts school so we’re used to the audition process for school, but this opportunity gives Roni a chance to look at doing something different.
After three years of art, she’s ready to try something new and hopefully she go on to the performing and visual arts high school but she wants to do something different.
I was so proud of her, watching how grown up she has become—she was asking questions and really engaging the school rep. It was like watching a much younger version of me, except way better.
I don’t worry about her like I used to—she’s so much smarter and talented than I was at her age and she’s got stuff figured out. She already has her 10 year plan and it actually sounds like a good one.
Now on to the lows—Ugh! It seems like I just can’t win sometimes!
Things have been so peaceful at home lately that I forgot what it was like to have my cage rattled and so when it got rattled this week it hit me hard.
I guess it hit me harder than usual because I’m so freaking tired of this. I can’t even describe how tired I am. I’m exhausted physically and emotionally.
I’m so tired of dealing with someone else’s stupid mess. I’m so tired of it affecting my family and my life. I’m tired of shelling out so much money every time stupid pops its head up.
I still can’t go into detail about what’s going on with all this mess, but I hope it will end. But it’s not going to end any time soon, I know that.
So, after I got the news that we have to go back to court, I was wiped out and I had to leave the office for a bit to get some fresh air and to take care of some other business.
I sat down in a lady’s cubicle while she made copies for me. She had a cute work space with photos of her grandchildren and her awards and certificates.
Then I spotted a piece of paper hanging behind her computer screen—I assume it’s a mantra she reads during the day to keep her upbeat.
The words printed were a collection of simple phrases:
“There is a God.”
“He controls the world.”
“He created me.”
“He is a loving God.”
“He wants me to be happy.”
I read the mantra over and over until I had it memorized. Each time I repeated the phrase in my head, tears welled up.
Sometimes I forget, despite the actions of one person who was some control in my life, there are so many others out there who love me and want me to be happy.
And most importantly, I know God wants me to be happy. This crap I’ve had to deal with for the past 5 years isn’t a punishment to me, my kids and my family.
It’s some sort of crazy life lesson that is supposed to in some roundabout way lead me to happiness—real happiness.
That is the point of life, right? To find that peace, find that inner happiness, be a good human.
These things that rattle my cage may always be in my life. I have to accept that. Hoping that this whole thing will just go away may never happen. I have to accept that.
I have to remember that we all want to be happy, but even more important is the realization that our parents, our children, our spouses, our siblings, our friends and our creator want us to be happy.
That’s part of what is means to be a good human—you have to find that inner happiness in spite of the crap that is thrown at you. You have to be happy for yourself—it’s contagious. It trickles down to your children, your spouse, your friends and anyone else you come in contact with.
Walking out of that office I realized I owe it to the world to be happy. I owe it my children. I owe it to my husband. I owe to my parents and my siblings. I owe it to God. And most importantly, I owe it to myself.