Here are some of the things I have learned on this very unexpected stop in Boca Grande. I am so glad I stayed here for the summer and would happily spend another summer here any time. Thanks, mom and dad, for giving me this opportunity!
1) No matter what, I take on way too much, over commit and get stressed out. It’s not my job, it’s me. I don’t just have a problem saying no . . . I I have a problem not volunteering myself for 100 things . . . that people haven’t even hinted that they want me to do!
2) I thrive under tight deadlines and am a kick ass multitasker and I love volunteering for 100 things! I can relax . . . just not for long. I am happier doing a lot of things that interest me.
3) If a friend can’t be bothered to do simple things for you, such as “like” your page on Facebook, send photos you ask for or support your crazy schemes in simple ways, they’re not your friend. Red flags should go up if you have to ask more than once, and they still won’t click a button for you. Those people aren’t worth my time . . . !
4) People older than me can be a ton of fun and make great friends. Age doesn’t matter. I have spent some time with a great group of ladies who support one another, take care of each other and laugh laugh laugh. I hope I’m as lucky and have a supportive and fun group of friends in my later years like the ladies I’ve met in Boca Grande this summer.
5) Trying things you don’t want to do can lead you to something positive and life changing! I didn’t really want to be on turtle patrol . . . I resisted . . . and resisted . . . but ultimately decided it would be good for me. Waking up every morning and “doing turtles” is now a special and welcome part of my life. I have made friends, shared my ‘turtle knowledge’ with tourists young and old and . . . and and and!!!!!! And I am now on the board of directors for the conservancy. Exciting stuff!
6) I am really happy I’m not involved in the daily corporate grind . . . for now. I can see myself wanting to go back, and there are parts I miss. But right here, right now, on the road is where I should be . . . that’s where my heart is.
7) Sometimes your parents don’t really know who you are until they see you through the lens of their friends and their world. I moved away very young and I thought my dad knew what I was all about but I really
don’t think he did . . . until I moved through his world and he saw me through that lens. I am glad I had that chance.
8) Parental approval is nice! Thanks Dad!
9) I can easily get used to living the good life! Bring on the 3 bedroom oceanfront condo!
10) I’ve only just begun, and I can’t wait to see what’s ahead . . . time to take a break from my 100 jobs and activities and focus on myself.
What important lessons have you learned this year? Leave me a comment!