This summer the children and I spent the month of July with my mother-in-law in Colorado while Mike was still in New York working. He joined us a few days ago and I’ve noticed some things that changed this past month.
1. I can take care of myself. Since being diagnosed with cancer in 2012, I’ve felt very dependent on others. This month I was the strong one.
2. I don’t need a lot of stuff. I have my computer, iPad and iPhone. I read mostly digital books now. The only thing I truly missed was my craft supplies. When the mood strikes, I like to be able to knit or create what I wish.
3. I don’t need a lot of clothing. Neither do the kids. Shoes actually were the only thing I didn’t have enough of. I brought practical shoes but I didn’t have dress shoes with me. And the laundry has been so easy. Just two loads every few days!
4. I can lead a healthy life. I can choose to only get a soup at a restaurant and ignore the comments about how I’ve been so good that I should get something different. I’m doing this for my health. I don’t need to eat as a reward.
5. I discovered I always put others first. Not really a shock but acknowledging it makes it easier for me to change it.
6. I don’t want a sedentary life anymore. I have time in my day when the kids are at school to take two decent walks and still have time to do what I want and need to do.
7. I can’t keep letting life pass me by. I have to be more intentional about things. I need to plan dinner days ahead. I have to and want to schedule daily chores and activities.
8. It’s okay to know what I want and go after it. I had so much time to think about what I wanted. I did what I wanted and the things I worried about when making my own choices didn’t happen. Everything was fine. No one was upset with me. Only took 40 years to figure that out!
We are all looking forward to our upcoming adventure. We will be traveling to Mesa Verde, The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Yellowstone and Mount Rushmore before heading home to New York just in time to go back to school.