life · normal · whatever!

Monday musings…

If you are always trying to be normal
you will never know how amazing you can be.
Maya Angelou

When I was a kid I wanted to be normal.
I wanted to fit in.
I wanted be like the other kids.
I was miserable

When I was a young adult I wanted to be normal.
I wanted to fit in.
I wanted to be like the other young adults.
I was miserable.

When I was in my 50’s I knew I wasn’t normal.
I knew I wanted to just be me.
I knew I didn’t want to be like everyone else.
I was okay.

Then I got older and knew I was still not normal.
I knew I still wanted to just be me
I still knew I wasn’t like everyone else.
I was okay.

Today I don’t want to be normal.
I want to just be who I am.
I want to be amazing.
I am happy.

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rant · Saturday · Six Word Saturday · Uncategorized

Saturday, be warned pity party ahead…

Sometimes being me isn’t any fun.

I have been tired, cranky, a little depressed, and not especially nice to be around.  In general life has been the pits lately.  So be warned this is a Pity Party for Patricia by Patricia.

I have a chronic health issue, problem, condition, call it what you like I call it IT.  That’s all just IT.  I won’t go into what IT is because that would be really boring.  I bore myself with IT sometimes.

IT is not contagious, or for me disabling, (some are disabled because of IT) or any other of a myriad of horrible things IT could be. IT is not something that will cause my death though I will die with IT. 

I know what caused IT and why IT will never be completely gone.  Lots of people have this same thing to a much greater degree.  I was told that with  surgery few people have close to 100% success, most have a little relief, some have good response and there is a 30% chance the surgery will make IT worse.  I opted to have the surgery and I was fortunate that I had good response and IT is less of a problem than before the surgery.

But you know what?  I am sick and tired of putting on a happy face when I am miserable!

OK, end of Pity Party.

Today, I think is just one of those days…

I am rarely miserable and except for IT I am blessed with good health.

Thanks for listening. Now go on with your day. I feel soooo much better.

frankly · Friday

Friday, frankly…

Today is Friday, October 22, 2010


What our life is like is to a large degree dependent on our attitude.  If we look at everything in a negative way our life will be in the negative–miserable–a big minus.  But when we have a positive attitude life is in the positive–it is good–a big plus.

We all know people, who as my mother said, would not be happy if you gave them a hundred dollars and the bills were wrinkled.  Some people want everything their way and everything that they want.  When they don’t get their way there is hell to pay for sure.  And often even if they get their way they are not happy for one reason or another.

What an awful way to live. (Not that I don’t sometimes fall into this mindset.) What a waste of energy; using up your life trying to be happy on your own terms, not seeing  or feeling anything but you.

It's All About Attitude!
copyright Semra Kennedy Smith used by permission

The folks that look at life with an open mind and heart live more fully.  They see and feel beyond themselves and reach out to all there is–not just what they want or see as desirable.  Positive people use their energy to enlarge their world not to limit it.  Everyone benefits from their attitude.

The main difference between the negative and positive types seems to be; those who are negative are rarely happy or content or satisfied with life while those who have a positive outlook  have contentment and joy.

I think it is all about the attitude!