[silence is golden but yelling is fun.]

i started my blog about eleven years ago.  over those eleven years, it's taken different forms.  the first couple of years, i needed an outlet for some crazy things that were going on with my family.  i was growing up and learning how to be an adult.  i had a boyfriend that was a wonderful person but we had our ups and downs and part of my blogging at that time was about our relationship and its struggles.

the next phase of my blog was the ending of that relationship and the beginning of a new one, THE one.  i was in a whole new world, everything was foreign and i was learning to be a wife in a new state, away from my family and people i'd known all my life.  scary stuff.

blog number three was my ranting phase.  i needed a place to voice all the things i wasn't brave enough to voice in real life.  things annoyed me, and i wrote about them.

my latest blog phase has been a more subdued one.  i'm happy and i write about life and its changes.  i write about my husband and our adventures.. lots of musings and book reviews and insights into my life at large.  i've transitioned from the ranting and the raving and moved into a different space.

...and i've said all that to say this:  things still piss me off.  i'll delve into those things here from time to time.

now is one of those times.  (let the ranting begin.)

i don't understand people who feel they need to complain about every aspect of life.  i mean, i get being bummed about things but GIVE ME A BREAK.  look around at your life and realize that you're even complaining about the things you've been looking forward to!  take a deep breath and absorb the fact that life is what you make it.  LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT.  grab it by its ass and make it into something good.  stop worrying about what someone else is wearing or whether the people around you are appreciating you enough and GET BUSY LIVING.  it's your life, it's the only one you've got, and if you don't seriously step out of that ridiculous rut you're in, bitterness will consume you.  no one is responsible for your happiness but you.  JUST YOU.

go on... get busy getting happy.  it's your choice.  you're the only one who can make it.  now scoot.

there.  that's it.  now i'm going to practice what i preach and put this one to rest.  i have a seriously cute guy sitting on the couch right over there and he's hungry.  time for some wine and some grub.

life is good.  it really is.


Emily said...

Woo hoo! go get em tiger! Doing my best to live this way...

Racher said...

i got a little bit creeped out reading this just now because i was literally repeating that phrase, "life is what you make it," in my head yesterday. i couldn't agree more.

Alicia said...

THANK YOU!!! I feel the exact same way! Some of the people who complain the most have some pretty enviable blessings... I'm an optimist, sometimes to a fault. But I prefer that over chronic pessimism any day!

Sara Louise said...

That's what I'm talkin about!

Clarissa said...

I stumbled upon your blog awhile ago and thoroughly enjoy your writing. This post in particular was something I personally needed to read. Sometimes I can be a bit of a 'cynnical cynthia' and thus need to yell at myself, "LIFE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT!"

Thanks for the reminder.

sanna130 said...

This is the first time I've read one of your blog posts, a friend of mine told me you are a must read. Can I just say that while I was reading your post I felt like an older southern man sitting in the front pew at church saying "ya on ta somthin preacher preach it"