Originally posted June 2016
Life, or at least my life, seems to combine a very strange mix of humor, sarcasm and irony. When life would hurl obstacles my way, I much preferred to duck and hide my head under a makeshift cover, rather than confront it.
Although life has thrown me more curveballs than I care to count; there are no do-overs and you can only go around this world one time! Therefore, while I may not have any control over present circumstances, I do have control about how I choose to navigate around them.
At 55, my life is changing and changing fast! Giving up the business I loved and developed from start to fruition is hard, very hard. For the last six years, I have put my entire life on hold. Endless hours, exhaustion, stress and financial strain combined with constant work and worry about ensuring that I provided the best work I could produce for my clients and the community have taken it's toll and yes, opened my eyes.
During this journey, I made many, many great friends that I will always treasure, and sadly yes, I did make a few enemies or shall we say frienemys. Either way, rest assured, what goes around comes around and I am confident that eventually they will meet my pal, Karma. You see, Karma has my back and I have no doubt there will be some future fun things to write about on that front.
First on the list-Employment
Employment, now there's a concept. Before undertaking the challenge of starting my own business, I never appreciated working for someone else. Now my mind swirls with the reality of so many simple pleasures:
Well, you get the picture. I've been asked, "Why does this excite you so much?" It really is quite simple, self employment means doing without many of the basic things most people take for granted. Groceries, clothes shopping, and yes, even splurging on a new package of underwear on occasion. "Did Mama really go there?" Yes, I did.
Second - My New Do
I have always preferred to be in the background rather than right out in front. The only exception to this would be when I am in a public speaking arena and as long as I can stand/hide behind a podium, I am happy. Rarely do I post pictures of myself and I have never been a fan of the selfie world. The part of me that tends to worry about mean comments or derogatory remarks must now fade into the background.
My new adventure shouted that a new do was in order, and so be it! I am nothing, if not flexible. With a new bold color and hair extensions, I questioned, "What am I doing, everyone will believe that I am going through a mid-life crisis?" So what, who cares what anyone thinks? Bring on the new do...It's time!
Third - New Me
When I say New Me, I guess what I'm really saying is Real Me! That's it in a nutshell, it is what this blog is about. Life, real life. The roads I've traveled are not uncommon; most of us have traveled similar roads. For those who haven't, well...as we say in the mid-west, "Bless your little pea-picken heart".
The world we live in today is rough, the political climate is ridiculous and our compassion for fellow human beings has diminished into a free for all.
I am a firm believer that laughter can lighten even the heaviest load and since life itself provides the perfect stage for a whole host of humorous adventures, I eagerly take one giant step forward and refuse to look back. I am Mama Tatuley and, for those who may not have met the Real Me, brace yourself; I plan to tell it like it is. So, sit back, relax and we'll journey together.