Y’all, I’m sorry I’m late posting on #VOWtake. The thing is, today is my birthday. And last weekend, Josh and I went to the beach. And it was glorious. Humid and sweaty and cloudy and relaxing and wonderful. For hours we watched dolphins swim past us. The water was bathtub warm. The sand looked like it was synthetically manufactured and shipped in… it was that perfect.
I TOOK it all in. Soaked in the moment by being present for all of it. I didn’t fret at the idea of strangers seeing my body in a swimsuit. I didn’t marinate on the smattering of rain which threatened to cancel our parasailing plans. Hell, I didn’t allow myself to panic when we were 400 feet above open water (quite an accomplishment given my fear of whales and deep water).
I didn’t wallow at the idea of having to leave far sooner than I wanted to. I tried not to live in the past or the future or inside my head (or fears).
And I remembered to TAKE lots of pictures. Of the seaside view from our balcony. Of the sunrise stroll we took before departing. Of the two of us together… even though I thought my body looked bulbous and my hair was gigantic from moisture.
I didn’t want to distance myself in any way from this birthday. it’s been the best one I’ve ever had. I didn’t want to lose it. I didn’t want to lose any of it. Even the pieces I wish were different. Which means TAKING the good with the bad, the glorious perfect parts with the (equally glorious) imperfect ones.
Lin’s VOW mantra: Appreciate what you have before it turns into what you had.
Lin’s SOW (Song Of the Week): Top of the World by Me First & The Gimme Gimmes