Just a few years ago, my life revolved around home – gardening, taking care of kids, blogging, knitting. I felt so self-conscious talking to people.
Today, I don’t knit unless a child requests a new pair of socks. I’m involved in Girl Scouts, writing 2 blogs, Homeroom mom for my 7 year old son’s class for the 2nd year in a row, along with volunteering at school, and running. Not to mention taking the kids on field trips and sports. Yes, sports. I love talking to people, and I feel less fear walking into a room of strangers because I know there’s a friend waiting, even if we only know each other for a few minutes.
My life has expanded, and with that expansion has come so many different types of friendships. I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful women in my life.
I see my children’s lives expanding, too. One of them is moving way too close to adulthood, and yet as a mom, I’m excited to see him explore his world. So many times I have told him to get out there and enjoy life, to see what life has to offer.
The 4 younger ones are heading down their own paths.
I see my own path opening up. It’s scary. It’s also very exciting. I’m the only person holding me back. Sure, there are naysayers and envious people. That’s life. But, if I am true to myself and focused on being the best me, I’m really the only person who can hold me back.