So today I decided to do a sequel. A part II, if you will...
I believe in teenagers and their incredible brilliance and wit. I believe that they are more than capable of becoming strong leaders for our country.
I believe that people are mean because of their own issues in their life. I believe that deep down people want to be kind, but they feel threatened or scared or insecure or hurt so they act mean to protect themselves. Underneath it all, I believe people are kind and good.
I believe in screwing dinner and calling for pizza when you're tired.
I believe in April Fools Day.
I believe in paying people back promptly and not taking advantage of others' kindness.
I believe in wrapping up in a blanket on a rainy day and reading and reading and dozing off a little and then waking up to read some more.
I believe in traveling and seeing the world. I believe in seeing beautiful and rich countries and spoiling yourself, but I also believe in visiting third world countries and coming back with a deeper gratitude for how incredibly lucky we are to live the way we do.
I believe in our right to choose. I believe in a God that loves us enough to give us the gift of agency- to allow us to struggle and decide on what we want for our lives.
I believe in inviting people over for dinner and the ability of a big meal to bring even the most different of people together.
I believe in marriage and the beauty of having someone to share your life with. I believe in laughing and going on vacations and making dinner and playing games and cleaning out the garage and watching late night movies with your spouse.
I believe in sleeping in until noon whenever possible. Might be once a week or it might be once a year, but when you can sleep in until noon, I believe you do it!
I believe in summer thunderstorms.
I believe in always using the right form of your/you're.
I believe in doing things that scare you.
I believe in holding warm clothes fresh out of the dryer right to your face and holding and smelling until the warmth is gone.
I believe in saying yes whenever possible.
I believe in never denying yourself a dirty diet coke from Sonic.
I believe in friendship and girls' trips and maintaining relationships with girlfriends because you need them and their strength in your life more than you know.
I believe in babies and children and families, and I pray that I will always have a life filled to the brim with family.
I believe it is a sin if you let a Halloween pass you by without dressing up.
I believe in laughing so hard you snort.
I believe in bubble baths and afternoon naps.
I believe in dogs and their ability to love unconditionally. I believe that a dog can be part of a family and that a relationship with a dog can do wonders for the soul.
I believe in being silly and goofy and throwing away all your inhibitions and finding the people in life with whom you can be totally and 100% yourself.
I believe in karma and that when you do good in the world, it somehow comes back to you. Might not be the person you were thinking or the time you were thinking, but I believe that good always makes its way back.
I believe in getting outside and enjoying the beautiful world that God gave us. I believe in Sunday night walks and playing tennis and going hiking and spending time with nature.
I believe in the Golden Rule. I believe in charity and kindness and love and I believe that when you're not feeling those things you need to eat a good meal and go to sleep and everything will be better in the morning.
It always is.