Opened a bottle of bubbly tonight as a special treat -- just to celebrate life. I look at all I've been through in my life and I realize, things are pretty darned good. I have a wonderful husband, an adorable baby, I'm out of the rat race and doing a job I love, and have great friends who I truly love and appreciate.
I joined the military right out of high school and immediately got thrown into a world that was a million times different than what I'd planned on. All my life I planned on going to college and following the same path that everyone else did -- but fortunately, Someone Else knew best and I ended up a linguist for the Air Force in Korea. I met some of the best friends, had some of the best times, all in an environment completely different from the norm.
At the time, of course, I didn't quite realize that I was actually really lucky. I may have made a major detour on the road to college (finally got to go -- graduated University of Virginia in 1997, Biology/Pre-Med) but oh what a trip it was! I have volumes of photo albums from all my travels -- Korea, Japan, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany -- and memories that will last a life time. I'm still in touch with a lot of the people I served with (one just came and visted for the first time in 15 years) and my life is richer for all the different experiences. I didn't always know it while things were happening, but in the end, everything happens for a reason.
So when minor annoyances in life come about, all I have to do is look back and realize, none of the small stuff matters. I can look in on Zack while he sleeps and know that there are so many more important things in life, that I am so lucky to have the life I have, and that God and Karma work in mysterious ways.
So have a drink with me and live your life well -- Karma, baby. What goes around comes around, and I sleep well at night knowing that.