What else can you do in your life where you are smiling, joyful, happy, the entire time? 100% of it? Without even thinking about it?
I have so many things in my life that bring me happiness. I love my family, would give my life for them. I have no idea why, but I was given a gift, my wife, that I simply do not deserve and am unbelievably grateful for. I have multiple life long friends. My passion for music is eternal. It permeates my life. It fills my days, provides a link with our children, gives my wife and I a reason to get out for an evening (or at least it used to). I am reminded frequently how great it is that my acceptance of all of this has transformed my body and allowed me to become a part of a community of great people that compete often, pushing themselves and then supporting each other in the unique community of runners. I am proud to have become a part of that community. I have had the same experience, but not as challenging athletically, in the pickleball community.
But “this”, whatever you want to call “this”, whatever it is for you, is remarkable. It is internally satisfying. As we all know, it fulfills the need. Beyond that, it draws the attention of so many, in such a positive fashion (for me). My gender is obviously identifiable to anyone with eyes. And that brings the love, smiles, hugs, kind comments, things that simply would not exist otherwise.
I still and will always have my WTF moments, but the pure joy of it all always brings me back to the simple conclusion I am thankful for who and what I am and that I can see the reality of it all and get out there and spread the love (or at least used to)! Be you. Be happy. Be smart, appropriate, confident and visible.
Kandi’s Land was a knee-jerk reaction, just me noodling about. It grew, it prospered. It has a literal worldwide readership. We are the little engine that could. We are the blog ignored. But we persist, we actually go out and represent. We support each other. We love each other. We make a difference! We are real and we move forward into year seven. What is next?
The first photo posted on this version of the blog. My makeup skills still clearly evolving.
[Taken during a COVID lockdown, stuck-at-home, selfie photo shoot.]
Let’s have a cup together every day and share our experiences with others.
Let me remind everyone, I want your help. Contributors, please bring us more! Readers, comment as you are comfortable. Anyone else interested in sharing here, please do so. Ideas, let’s hear them.
No one brings it like we do EVERY SINGLE DAY! Actually going out, actually being that every day woman, actually navigating the world. This is work and it is also a passion, a blessing.