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Laura's Corner

I work very hard and am attending college to obtain my degree in the Human Service field. Writing makes me feel alive and gives me the opportunity to touch those whom I would not be able to otherwise. Last but not least, I have been blessed with two amazing daughters who love me completely and support my dreams. Feel free to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback.

(Don't) Act your age!

Recently, the lower half of my hair changed from a dark auburn color to wild raspberry. No kidding. The top half is a honey blonde, giving it quite an artistic touch. I LOVE it! 

My youngest informs me that “I am too old” to change my hair color so drastically. Sure, the big 4-0 is approaching within a short amount of time, but how old is too old? 

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Facebook, MySpace, Match, e-Harmony and anything along that line has allowed us the ability to connect with old and new friends. Those who had once been only a memory come to life as if time had never passed.   

First come the winks or email with a friendly hello.  The “Do you remember when” pops up via written word.   Eventually the emails may contain the “How about we exchange phone numbers” type of communication. When individuals exchange phone numbers, how long does it take for actual conversation to begin?

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If you work in an office setting like me, you may feel my pain. Throughout the day, various folks stop by for various reasons. 

“Smile and say hi”, is included in my job description. Yet, I am not sure if the fine print was smaller than normal when it stated, “You must also listen to people bitch and complain about everything and nothing on a minute by minute basis.” 

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The Beautiful People

It has been brought to my attention more than once that I am one of the Beautiful People. Most would consider me arrogant to make that statement. Allow me to delve into the idea and definition of what most consider beautiful, bringing it into a new perspective.

Each and every day we are faced with images of what most would consider beautiful. Physically “perfect” individuals grace the pages of a magazine and also the screens of our televisions. HDTV has brought into focus what continues to lack for 95% of people around the world. Without tight abs, straight teeth and a fat free physique, we are left feeling less than. We search for answers, keys and insight as to how to obtain a better life. We believe that unless we reach a certain level of physical perfection we will always be lacking in some sort of happiness. 

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Mistakes and accidents

This week was a spectacular week.  It was my first vacation since beginning a new venture regarding employment.  Who would have predicted that not only would I be able to get some much needed R&R, but a nice tan as well.
As I lay in the sun this afternoon, something struck me.  So often we hear about mistakes and accidents.  "I was in a car accident recently", a friend stated.  "My guy made a huge mistake", another quoted.  At times, we are thrown curve balls.  Some are within our own will, some are not.  Yet, if we take a step back, outside of our trials, we allow ourselves to put things into perspective.
A thought struck me, almost like lightening.  It was something exciting, life altering and put many things into focus.  Move over Lasik Eye Surgery, this is going to help you see things so much more than 20/20.  
"Life, death and everything in between happens for a reason. There are no mistakes, no accidents. They happen because we are human, imperfect and in the process of becoming so much more."
In all honesty, think for just a moment about your life.  Most of us, who have feelings, experience very high highs, very low lows and many in-betweens.  We are blindsided by those who we believe love and care for us.  Although most of us are able to live through our pain, we move on with the hope that we will be allowed respite if only for a moment.  
We choose a number of individuals throughout our lives who we believe can enhance us in some way.  It may take longer at times to realize that some are only meant for a season.  Others are meant to stay in order for us to run the race and get to the finish line.  
Yet, every single experience, whether it be good or bad, is not a mistake nor an accident.  Whatever has happened in your life is something which was meant to occur.  This may come as a surprise, especially if you have been dealt a bad hand.  The "why me" may pop into your mind.  No way, you state, there is no way I deserved that type of treatment.  
That type of treatment not only has happened but will happen again.  No-one comes as an open book.   Not one time in your life is a new guy or gal going to say, "Hey, read this manual, it's the truth about the real me."  We must open up to others in order to establish relationships.  More than one person in my life has caused me to shed more than one or two tears.  Yet, in all honesty, I chose for them to be there.  They did not force themselves on me.  I have kept some around for much longer than necessary.  I have been involved with individuals who not only caused me harm, but I have given them an all access pass to continue to harm me.  Was it because I believe I deserved it, or because I did not believe I deserved any better?  
Our skeletal system, nerves, veins, organs and everything else which encompasses our human form is covered by 7 thin layers of skin.  We tend to forget that we are not created as the Bionic Man or Woman.  There is no way we can go through life without experiencing some sort of physical pain.  Over time we become more fragile until we once again join our maker.
Emotional, mental and spritual pain allow us to become.  It is up to each and every one of us to utilize that pain in a positive or negative way.  Whether you learn and grow is up to you.  If you aren't the one learning from your choices, I can guarantee you someone very close to you is. 
We are not guaranteed a life free of anything.  Fair is only found in "Fair"ytales.  Without pain and suffering, one would truly never understand or feel joy, love and happiness.  Celebrate your experiences, good and bad.   

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