There aren’t many things I know for sure in life, but here are some I do:
1. I should have started lathering my face in Oil of Olay the day I was born. Strange things start happening to your skin in your mid-30s, and it’s too late to prevent them when you actually begin to notice them.
2. I physically cannot sleep past 8am anymore. My eyes pop open even when my body begs for more rest. It’s the darndest thing, and I now understand why elderly men cut grass at 7am. They’re up. Might as well be productive.
3. You can’t eat junk and expect exercise to burn it off. The fast-food fries I used to eat by the pound now cause me to gain weight just by smelling them. A decreasing metabolism is real, y’all.
4. My children’s activity level increases in direct proportion to my need for quiet and rest.
5. Nothing satisfies me more than spending an entire day reading.
6. The world doesn’t end if I leave dirty dishes in the sink, unwashed laundry in the hamper, or a pile of mail on the counter.
7. Coffee is a necessity. Finding coffee grounds in my cup, however, makes me violent.
8. We, adults, talk about ‘kids these days’ being addicted to social media, but the most addicted people I know are adults.
9. Trying to change someone’s mind about politics is like trying to stop smelling like dog poop without taking off the poop-covered shoes. Impossible.
10. If I don’t plan meals ahead of time, there’s a 99 per cent chance fast-food chicken will be our dinner.
11. It was great, once upon a time, to be able to move my body without it creaking and cracking.
12. There are about five outfits in my closet I really like to wear. Everything else is there for the hypothetical ‘one day’ and ‘maybe’.
13. You can buy me the prettiest journal in the world, but I’ll still end up writing in a spiral-bound notebook out of fear that my words won’t be worthy of the pretty journal.
14. The idea of eating by myself in public used to terrify me. Now? Not a problem. Sometimes it’s a blessing!
15. I’m nowhere near where I once pictured I’d be at age 37. Everything looks completely different. But better.
16. I still don’t always feel like an adult. Sometimes I look around and wonder when the grown-up will take over.
17. When I’m stressed to the max, a little sweet tea doesn’t hurt.
18. A little sweet tea always leads to a lot of sweet tea. Which leads back to #3.
19. It used to be really hard for me to be different from everyone else. But now I’m the mum who bought her child a flip phone from a supermarket chain instead of a smart one, and I’m totally OK being in that category by myself.
20. I don’t mind cooking if someone will just tell me what to cook. For the love, don’t make me come up with the idea and shop for it and cook it. I just can’t.
21. Life goes on. The times I thought would kill me made me better, and the days it felt like the earth would stop spinning turned into new days. Nothing lasts forever, and for that let us say AMEN.
Jennie Scott is a divorced and remarried mom (yes, she’s from the US) of two whose life has been far from perfect and completely different from what she planned. Although, what she’s found is that God has provided exactly what she needed through it all. He is teaching her to enjoy the journey even when the path is winding and difficult. JennieGScott.com. | Follow Jennie on Facebook| Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest