Posts in the ‘My Inspirations’ Category

October 15th, 2011

More Inspiration… Taking Risks

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain

I love that quote and it talks about a philosophy I have tried to live in my life, best I can. I’m not one to avoid change, nor to fear taking a risk. I’ve done it a few times in my life. Sure, going out on a limb can be hard, but it almost always will benefit you in some way.

When I started this blog, I wanted to write about things and people who inspire me. I already wrote about how my younger daughter’s blogging inspired me to start my own blog. And her craftiness frequently inspires me as well.

But today I wanted to talk about my older daughter, because in her own way, she has inspired me on a few levels too.

Inspiring Me to Recognize What Matters…

Sarah Collins, my daughter

Sarah Collins, my daughter

I will be the first to admit that Sarah and I don’t always have the easiest relationship. It could be that we are too much alike in some ways… stubborn, opinionated, super sensitive, wanting to be right, argumentative… who knows? All I can say is that it doesn’t take much to get us bickering at times. But that doesn’t mean we don’t love each other, not in the least.

And not only do I love my daughter, I am proud of her too! I admire so many of her personal qualities… and that’s not just me as a mother talking. Well, not completely anyway.  :)

For a while, I thought maybe Sarah wasn’t much of a risk taker. She didn’t go away to college, she didn’t get her own apartment until I moved away, and she stayed in New Jersey even when both her sister and I moved away. But then this strongly-avowed “Jersey girl” up and moved from New Jersey to Texas too, to join her sister. She did it, I think, partly because she needed a change, but also because she knew her sister needed her, and that is just the kind of sis that Sarah is… a caring, supportive, always got your back kind of one.

And then, Sarah took the biggest risk ever… totally beating anything Jenn & I  may have done in the past or since… she sold or gave away just about everything she owned and moved to Greece to teach English! The picture here is at a party right before she left… I think she looks so beautiful and happy in that photo.

In the end, that venture didn’t work out quite as she had planned, but she saw a beautiful country that she loved, got to experience some ancient history in the home of Greek myth (another love of hers), and made some fast friends. In other words, she grew and she added to the fabric of her life. So, I find her willingness to take that leap very inspiring.

But that is also not the main thrust of how Sarah inspires me. The primary way she has inspired me really came to the fore while she lived with me here in Boise for a year after her Greek adventure and before she returned to Texas. I’ve never been super political, voting mostly only in the presidential election. Nor am I one to keep up very well with world news/politics.  And although I have strong feelings about things like racism and prejudice, I’m not one to do much about them.

Sarah is different, though. She is not shy about standing up for the downtrodden or in voicing her opinion about social injustice. And she’s willing to go public with it too. While she lived with me, she wanted to become active in some of our local demonstrations for gay rights… just because she had strong feelings about the issue. I share her feelings and I agreed to go to the demonstrations with her in downtown Boise.

I wish I could say that since she left, I’d continued in her activist steps, but I haven’t. Nevertheless, Sarah definitely inspires me to be more socially aware and a bit less selfish in only thinking about myself and my family all the time. Sometimes we all need to take a bit broader perspective and to do what we can to make a difference in our society.

So, thanks, Sarah, for inspiring me to have a more well-developed social conscience… even if I am still a work in progress! :)

October 10th, 2011

About Inspiration

Inspiration comes in many forms

Inspiration comes in many forms

I am a person who is always in search of inspiration. I think it’s one of the things that makes me… well, me. I have always been like this. I love to learn new things, to get ideas from others and to widen my horizons. I grew up in a rural area with a small town, rather parochial mentality. Then I went away to a mega college and experienced so many new cultures and other things that it changed my life forever. I met my future (first) husband in college and ended up moving to his hometown area near Philadelphia, which was another eye-opening experience. So, in a few short years after leaving rural New York, I was a much different person.

I read a book once when I was having a career crisis that described a certain type of person they called a “Quester”. I can’t even tell you what book it was at this point, but the basic premise is that these questers are constantly seeking something… answers, information, new meaning to their lives. It resonated with me, because it described me to a T. At that point in time, I was trying to find my place in the world, when my career in home health management imploded.

Now, when I am so content in what I do business/career-wise, I still am questing… often to find spiritual meaning in my life… or just to find better ways to live my life.

I’ll be writing about my many inspirations in the pages of this blog as time goes on, but today I wanted to talk about my inspiration for even starting this blog.

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