Life, or at least my life, seems to possess a very strange mix of humor, sarcasm and irony. I used to have a tendency to duck and hide when life would hurl obstacles my way, much preferring to cover my head under a makeshift cover than address it or retaliate. Don't get me wrong; although, cowering was my reality, my superhero thoughts would often engage whatever perceived or real enemy force was attacking me, activate the scenario in my mind, and overtake the threat.
I can only go around this world one time and only one time; there are no do-overs! So while I may not have any control over my present circumstances, I do have control about how I choose to navigate around them.
At 55, my life is changing and changing fast! Giving up the business that I loved and developed from inception to fruition is hard, very hard. For the last six years, I have put my entire life on hold. Endless hours, exhaustion, stress and financial strain combined with constant work and worry about ensuring that I provided the best work I could produce for my clients and the community have taken it's toll and yes, opened my eyes.
I made many, many great friends that I will always treasure, but I too made enemies and frienemys. Rest assured, my enemies and frienemys will eventually meet my pal, Karma. You see, Karma has my back and I have no doubt there will be some future fun things to write about on that front.
First on the list-Employment
Employment, now there's a concept. Before undertaking the challenge of starting my own business, I never appreciated working for someone else. Now my mind swirls with the reality of so many simple pleasures:
Second - My New Do
I have always preferred to be in the background rather than right out in front. The only exception to this would be when I am in a public speaking arena. As long as I have a podium, I usually can talk about my topic without rebuttal and for the side of me that is not argumentative, that works out pretty well.
Rarely do I post pictures of myself and I have never been a fan of the selfie world. The part of me that tends to worry about mean comments or derogatory remarks must now fade into the background.
My new adventure shouted that a new do was in order, and so be it! I am nothing, if not flexible. With a new bold color and hair extensions, I questioned, "What am I doing, everyone will believe that I am going through a mid-life crisis?" So what, who cares what anyone thinks? Bring on the new do...It's time!
Third - New Me
When I say New Me, I guess what I'm really saying is Real Me! That's it in a nutshell, it is what this blog is about. Life, real life. The roads I've traveled are not uncommon; most of us have traveled similar roads. For those who haven't, well...as we say in the mid-west, "Bless your little pea-picken heart".
The world we live in today is rough, the economic and political climate is ridiculous and our compassion for fellow human beings has diminished into a free for all.
I am a firm believer that laughter can lighten even the heaviest load and since life itself provides the perfect stage for a whole host of humorous adventures, I eagerly take one giant step forward and refuse to look back. I am Mama Tatuley and, for those who may not have met the Real Me, brace yourself; I plan to tell it like it is. So, sit back, relax and we'll journey together.