Two months from yesterday, I will be flying to Hawaii with a dear friend of mine, Terri. From the moment we booked our flights, Terri (and I) have been like little kids, breaking out into huge smiles as we tick away the days until we leave. This will be my first time there (though not hers) so she’ll be able to have some insight. When we were in the early stages of planning our trip, she asked what all I wanted to do, how much I would be up for spending, etc. I told her I wanted this trip to be awesome and am up for it all–from a helicopter ride to snorkeling….anything that will create a lasting memory, I say “bring it on.” We went to lunch two days ago and she reached over to grab my arm and said, “Two more months, I can’t wait.” I just smiled because I loved seeing her excitement. Terri is one of those people who would do anything for her friends (or really anyone) so with this being a trip that benefits her as well, I’m thrilled. Oh, and we didn’t just randomly decide to go to Hawaii. The OU Softball team is playing there so we figured that was a good enough reason for us to join them.
We’ve all heard the phrase “Life is short” but that took on a whole new meaning in 2013. Between my Dad getting pneumonia, a horrifying tornado ripping neighborhoods in Oklahoma to shreds and taking innocent lives with it, to losing two dear friends (one of whom was Terri’s husband), we’ve both embraced a new motto of living life to the fullest….now. We’re not waiting or wasting any opportunities. Though I have written on this topic before, I never tire of expressing my appreciation for God giving me another chance with my Dad and my friends.
In closing….I love the feeling of anticipation and seeing it in someone else’s face. You look forward to seeing a friend for lunch and when you lock eyes, you both smile because you’re happy to see them….I love that. To me, life is truly about making the little things count and creating memories from them that will last a lifetime.
Enjoy each and every day.