A picture is worth a thousand words.
I love this picture of myself. (shocker! Yes, I actually said I love a picture of myself) The longer I look at it the more I appreciate it. Let me tell you why.
The most expensive pair I own, but that's not what I appreciate about them. I bought these after I started to come out into the world again post-concussion. The bright light was tiring on my eyes and I needed a good protective pair to shield them. I remember walking into the store to buy them, I was still so slow, and cautious. The commotion of the people, the music, everything was overwhelming to my brain. I felt so guilty spending that much money on a pair of sunglasses! I look at them now with such gratitude. Gratitude that I am in a much healthier place. I can run down mountains while listening to music on my headphones while wearing my amazingly expensive sunglasses. I am proud of my progress.
My Kiss t-shirt.
Growing up in the 80's with an older brother who loved 80's rock, I don't remember a time when I didn't hear it playing. I've always loved 80's rock and will always love it. I can pinpoint many great memories that are attached to bands like Kiss, Def Leppard, Aerosmith, and Guns N Roses. I would live in a good pair of denim jeans and concert t-shirt any day of the week.
My wedding ring.
After 17 years of marriage, that ring means more to me than it did the first day I received it. Saying yes, was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. That ring symbolizes commitment, forgiveness, love, and respect. It also reminds me of the incredible friendship that I share with my husband and the endless laughter that he brings into my life.
The dirt on my legs.
There was a time I could hardly stand to sit up in bed and have a conversation with anyone. Now I can run, jump, work-out, explore, hike, swim, and pretty much anything else that my little heart desires. I am grateful for that dirt on my legs because it symbolizes FREEDOM. Freedom to be who I want to be. The freedom to express myself. Freedom to create my own adventure with friends and family!
I love this picture, not because of the material aspects, but because it shows my progress. It represents where I have been and where I am going. The sky is the limit and I couldn't be more grateful!