I must admit a bit of a guilty pleasure. I'm a total glee freak (or gleek if you will). It drives my husband crazy, he's a heavy metal fan and my pop music addiction has caused no shortage of tension in our house. I love music and a TV show about kids that love music is right up my alley!
So it shouldn't be a huge surprise that my running playlist on my phone is all glee music.
Today I was walking with Elliott and listening to my wonderful glee music on my headphones and a couple songs were reminding me of people in my life that I respect, love and they just make me want to be a better person. The song, Here's to Us (performed by Glee but written by Halestorm) is my stretching song and today, I finally realized that I need to raise a glass to those who have inspired me.
So Here's to us!
First off there is my mom. Karen was an amazing woman. I miss her everyday. She passed away in 2009 from breast cancer that had metastasized to her lungs, liver, brain and bones. Mom was an incredible woman, a woman of true faith and love in our heavenly Father and a true fighter. I owe much of who I am today to her and my dad. I wish I could tell her that all she tried to teach me in my teen years is now truly sinking in. I know she knows but someday I hope to tell her just how much I did learn from her. Mom walked 4 times a week, she ate healthy and did everything "right". She taught me to be dedicated to people, to read my bible and pray (even though that lesson was a long time in me learning). She led by example. At her funeral, the one thing that almost EVERYONE said to me about my mom was "your mom was a tremendous woman of faith". May they say that about me someday mom!
Secondly is my other mom. Serene_Me here on SP is my birthmother. Another incredible woman. She has come through some pretty tough circumstances in her life. At 18 she gave birth to a baby (me), that she gave up for adoption. I will NEVER understand the pain in that decision. In 1998, we connected via the internet and have been friends ever since. What has Lorna taught me? Lorna has taught me to love myself, that I am worthy of my own love. She has also led by example. I've watched her (from afar) learn the lessons that she is now teaching me. I've watched her lose 85lbs and keep it off. I have always thought she was a beautiful woman, and have always been proud to be very much like her in personality. I love you, mom.
Thirdly is a friend of mine. Her name is Anne. Last November Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 28 years old. I have never actually met Anne face-to-face but I have known her online in a forum for military wives since my husband and I were just starting to plan our wedding back in 2006. There are a group of about 22 of us that have known each other online for years, many of us have met each other in person at one time or another but we are all sisters and friends and family. Over the last number of months we have watched Anne rise above challenges that I couldn't imagine facing at 33, much less at 28. Anne has been strong, faithful to her faith and God, optimistic and in short she has been a fighter. She recently finished her fourth and final chemo treatment and is now in the holding period for 5 years to be declared cancer free. I have truly been honored to pray for her and be a very small part in her support team during this painful and stressful time.
SO! To sum up from Glee;
"We stuck it out this far together
Put our dreams through the shredder
Let's toast cause things
And everything could change like that
And all these years go by so fast
But nothing lasts
Here's to us
Here's to love
All the times that we messed up
Here's to you
Fill the glass
Cause the last few days have gone too fast
So let's give 'em hell
Wish everybody well
Here's to us
Here's to us"
This is my wedding day with my two moms. I'm so blessed.