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The Last Hurrah

This is how I feel right now…

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…flying high on the possibilities of the future and dreams to come true.  Remember those days when you didn’t have a care in the world and the future was in the palm of your hand?  I’m kinda there again…

Last night I closed a chapter in my life, albeit a wonderfully fulfilling chapter, it closed nonetheless.  At a cheerleading awards banquet, I said good-bye to girls (and their parents) whom I absolutely admire, am inspired by, and love.  Over the years, they made me laugh, kept me young, and most definitely kept me on my toes!

For those of you who don’t know me, for many years I was engrossed in the cheerleading world from a high school coach to an all-star gym owner.  The most rewarding and treasured part was the honor of working with the kids.  An honor in that I was allowed to teach them life skills, help shape their athletic abilities, and watch them blossom along their journey called life.  But as an adult, what I’ve always believed is no matter how much you think you’re influencing or teaching them, they’re teaching you far more than you ever knew or expected.  The reminders to view the world through their naive and curious eyes; to play hard like this is your last day on Earth; the ability to forgive with ease; the perseverance and determination to bounce back quickly when dealt a blow; and above all the instantaneous trust and unconditional love freely given.

If you’re asking yourself why I gave it all up when I get all that in return, it’s simple.  My son.  I got to the point where I felt I couldn’t be physically and mentally present for him as much as I desired.  Now, I’ll have that ability.  I’ll also have the opportunity to deepen my understanding of photography, gardening, and all things DIY.  I’ll have more time to read a great book and get back into yoga.  I’m loving blogging and can’t wait to see what the future holds with this.  I get giddy thinking about the unknown.  But most importantly, I’ll be with my son as often as I’d like and still get to maintain contact with kids as I volunteer regularly in my son’s classroom.

So there it is…. why I’m flying high.  From this point forward, I pledge to remain open to whatever I invite in; to continue to strive to be the best person I can be; to really and truly live in the moment; to continue to find joy in everything I do; and to often tell those close to me how much they mean to me!

I’ll leave you on this fine day with some inspiring quotes that may motivate you to play hard this weekend!

“Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint you can on it.”

~Danny Kaye

“Life is not measured by the number of breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

~Maya Angelou

“I want to be all used up when I die.”

~George Bernard Shaw

 Have a good one!





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Lisa Simmons Schinkel - But you will be missed by the friends who love you, and have always enjoyed talking shop with you as so few people really understood the crazy world we love called cheerleading!

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