Tuesday, August 16, 2011

My Zest for Life....

Yesterday, I celebrated my three year anniversary of moving to Chicago.  This was quite possibly THE BEST DECISION EVER.

Before I moved here, things were not so fabulous.  I was engaged to a controlling person who did not have my best interests at heart, but I couldn't see that because I was in the situation.  These things happen.  My family stepped in and said I needed to move to Chicago and pursue my lifelong dream of doing theatre here.  Actually, I think my father's exact words to my then fiancee were: "If she doesn't move to Chicago, I'm going to hold it against you until five minutes after I die."
We Grands are a fiercely loyal bunch, ya'll.  (I thank my father all the time, BTW).


So, I moved here and the relationship ended.  And then my world positively exploded.

I saw "It's a Wonderful Life" for the first time.  I tried sushi (AND LOVED IT).  I learned to navigate public transportation.  I tried tapas (bacon wrapped dates OMG).  I quit smoking and ran a marathon. 

I even held a "Megan's Not Getting Married" Bar Crawl on the day I was supposed to get married. 


I reflect on these things every year and I am so very thankful for the opportunities I've had.  I've got a zest for life that renews itself when I think of the things I could have missed out on.  

I hope each and every one of you finds and holds onto your zest for life.  There is so much to do in this big wide world if only we reach out and grab it!
Have a fantastic Tuesday, all!

16 comments:

  1. You are such an amazing person! Go you! I need to try those bacon-wrapped dates...and run a marathon :)

    I won't be moving to Chicago, but will be visiting in October. It's such a great city. I can hardly wait!

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  2. I LOVE this post. Thanks for reminding me of the very important fact that we can completely change our lives whenever we want to.

    The Dewey Decimals

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  3. Wonderful! It's just absolutely wonderful to hear about your zest for life. You sound so happy and healthy. I'm so thankful for this post - and for finding your blog!

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  4. This post is exactly what I needed. I've been really overwhelmed lately with the job change, but I just have to step back and realize that Chicago is where I start my life with Alex and I'm going to start teaching! Isn't Chicago just fantastic, haha.

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  5. Congrats for not getting married to that person and for pursuing your dreams! I'm so glad you love Chicago. I only lived there for a year but I loved it :)

    P.S. Your family sounds awesome.

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  6. wow! Cool story :-) Your family sound fantastic! Long may the new discoveries and adventures continue!

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  7. I HEART THIS POST SO MUCH I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT TO SAY. I ONLY KNOW IT MUST BE SAID IN CAPS.

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  8. I'm not sure how to follow that comment from Oona, but you rock girl! I love that you had a not getting married pub crawl! You've perked me up no end!

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  9. YAY MEG! I'm so happy you moved and followed your dreams! YOU ROCK!!! Such a great post!!

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  10. I´ve never visited your blog before, but through Sew Weekly I have seen some of your great work, and decided it was time to expand my blog reader with your page. And then I stumble upon such an inspirational post, that leaves me in awe, because, not only are you an fantastic seamstress, but you seem to be a gal who knows how to prioritize in life. Go you! And you are now firmly placed in my reader.

    Thanks for a great post! :-)

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  11. Awww this is such a fab story! I love what your dad said to him, go Papa Grand!

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  12. You have the best dad EVER! What an awesome story you shared, cheers to a happy life!

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  13. I like this post for a lot of reasons... but I especially enjoy the phrase "zest for life." Go Megs!

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  14. Meg so glad for u my friend. Great inspirational post.

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  15. Oh, what a lovely feel-good post! Thanks for telling us part of your story. :-) Good on you for doing the move and letting everything change! Go you, girl!!

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