Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My Failures Are My Success

It has taken me a long time to learn that all the "disappointments" I had in my youth were actually only gateways to success  in my future. Every failure led to greatness somewhere else.
When I was in my early 20's I wanted to join the Army. Not for the right reasons, but I'll get to that.  I went to the testing place, took my physical and all the required steps. When it came time to decide what my job would be in the Army my only options were to be a cook or work in the kitchen. The reason I would have ranked so low is because I did horrible on the math testing. I rocked everywhere else especially grammar, spelling, etc. But the recruiter suggested I wouldn't like doing that so maybe I should just join the reserves.
Well that was that. The end of my Army interest and good thing too because if I had gone to the Army I might not have met my husband. If I had been good at math I would have missed all kinds of things in life. That's how I look at it now anyway.
Looking back it was excellent that I didn't go because I didn't want to join to serve my country, I wanted to escape my living situation, I wanted to change my life. That was not the way to do it!
What I ended up doing was moving away from my hometown, that's all, very simple! And it changed my life forever and for the better! Every single step I took when I moved away led me to my husband. And when I think of it now, it amazes me. Everything on that path, painful or otherwise, led me to a FABULOUS life full of love, peace and success. My version of success is radically different from others though. But that is a whole other story!
So now  days  I don't get all bent out of shape when something falls through because I know there is a good reason for it. I never envy others, I can say that honestly, proudly. I do not want what is not mine, I am not lacking anything in my life.
So maybe a big thank you today to past failures! Thank you for pointing me in the right direction!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Music Moment

Blame it all on my roots, I showed up in....Dr. Martens! BUT that did not stop me from loving country music. Yes I love rock and roll but the truth is I just love good music. If it's good, I'll listen.

This fabulous day of April 12, one major player in  my memory bank made a self titled debut album (in 1989). That memory maker, is Garth Brooks.

I remember the first time I ever heard "Friends in low Places". There are not many songs that I can place the exact moment I heard them for the first time, but this one, I can.

I was with a group of my friends. We were at someones house, sort of on a farm. Just out in the country and we were riding 4 wheelers. The music was coming from a truck and it was loud.

The song came on and we all listened. I don't know if any of them had heard it before or not but it seems to me that the DJ introduced Garth and this brand new song....Could it be that I happened to hear it the VERY first time it was EVER aired?! That I will never know.

But I do know the feeling the song gave me. We all got very quiet and listened to the song and we were slightly jamming, just a little. You know, nodding our heads, feeling the music.

It was just a really sunny day and this new song was making me feel incredibly  happy, elated, joyful!

By the end of the song I was just like Joey on the tv show Blossom.... WHOA!!!

I was sure to rush out and buy the cassette tape and almost every other cassette tape he released after that album.

Somewhere around 1995 ish, I finally got to see Garth in concert and it was the best show I have ever seen.

I am a rocker for sure but there are some country artists that also have my heart, Garth is #1 on that list.

I don't know what it is about music but it is one thing that can take you back to a single moment in time. You remember the smells, the scenery, the feelings, emotions. It's like your right there again!

Thanks for the memories Garth, they mean more than you know!

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