I am in a quandary.
Since today (Oct 20th) is my birthday (57th trip around the sun), I wanted to have a dance party.
But at the same time many, many people in the world are suffering. (too many!)
I've been trying to figure out how to reconcile my aching heart as I read the news with my happy heart when I dance or write poetry or run.
I've decided to lean hard into the happy because right now the world needs happy. We don't know what tomorrow will bring, so I believe we need to do everything in our power to put happy into the world today.
1. Happy Dance
Here is a dance video from my hubs, Joe and my brand new YouTube channel "Not Dead Yet Dancing".
We will post a #short dance video frequently. (Have I mentioned that Joe is a 💝gift everyday of the year? And those moves!🔥)
Smidgey is our audience of one...unless you subscribe. 😁
2. Happy Nap
Speaking of Smidgey, she's not dead yet either.
But she is getting old. Really old.
This December we will have had her for 14 years. When we picked her up from the Humane Society in Wisconsin they told us she was 2 years old. (I think because we said, "no puppies" on the form.)
There was no way she was 2, but the vet said that she had had a litter of puppies right before she was found wandering in a snowy field. By our calculations she's somewhere between 14.5 and16 years old.
In any case, our sweet girl is showing signs of her age. A few weeks ago she couldn't get up or down the stairs in our building and she stopped eating. We thought the end was here.
Then a few days later, she rebounded! 🐶
This past weekend she was feeling good enough to travel to Locarno where I had my 5K race. One of her naps in her favorite roll-y bed inspired this Camera Roll 23 poem:
3. Happy Run
Speaking of my 5K, thank you for the well wishes. I'm happy to report that I ran 2 minutes and 47 seconds faster than the 5K I ran in June!
I was still in the last batch of runners, mind you, but I'm improving my personal best. 🏃
Link below to your happy.
Or your heartfelt.
Or your pain.
We are here to lift each other up so we can dance, write or run another day and put happy into the world.