02 November 2009

100 Issues for 100 Days: #77

#77: Late Night

Last night I got home around 3 a.m. so although I had a post planned, I was far too tired to delve into the deep thoughts I had planned on sharing. But in the light of day I have some new thoughts/questions that this weekend away left me with:

1. I'm so glad my mom is my mom
I talk to my mom on the phone about every weekend. And if I miss a weekend she notices. We have a complicated relationship but most of all she's my friend. And she's a friend to my friends. In watching others interact with their moms, I always walk away appreciating her more.

2. How much change can your friends and family accept?
This is always something that runs through my mind. Even at 26, I'm constantly changing and I see it happening with my friends as well. There's a lot that I can accept but part of changing is knowing that not everyone around you is changing or that their change may lead them down a different path. So I wonder how much can people accept? One thing I observed this weekend is when the people around you do accept you, it's a beautiful thing.

3. The value of money
I touched on this in an earlier post this weekend but I just had to reiterate. The value of money is not in waht you purchase but rather in the freedom it affords you. A freedom from stress and worry. A freedom from limits. I think our society has focused too much on "being rich" or purchasing things. I just want the freedom to not have to worry about bills (and be able to eat what I want, when I want).

4. What are the things I value?
There are a lot of things I believe in strongly but most of all I believe in keeping an open-mind, attaining knowledge, treating people with respect and love and remaining humble. Those are the core values I try to model and what I hope to pass on to my children and my students. I also believe in being open, honest and straightforward with those I love. It's saved me a few friendships and hurt others but in the long run it was better than holding things in or being passive.

These are just a few things I came away from the weekend thinking about. I know it's heavy for a Halloween weekend but truth doesn't take a holiday.

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