Thursday, March 29, 2012

Being Selfish and Loving It!

In the midst of everyday life, it's so easy to lose yourself, isn't it? Especially after becoming parents. Let's face it, once the you pop the first watermelon-sized bundle of joy (who later fries your nerves) from your who-who, your life is no longer yours. Subsequent melons just prolong any parent from once again standing in the spot light of their own life. Mothers and fathers are just supporting actors in their kids' lives. Ask them... as teenagers they are more than happy to point out your short-comings or the fact that "you have no life". Unfortunately, sometimes, I have to agree with them.

So today, I fixed that. For the first time in eons, I did something for myself and I FEEL GREAT!  I'm not talking a mani-pedi or a quick bite to eat with my girlfriends. I'm not even talking a weekend get-away with my bffs. While those are all fantastic and appreciated, let's be real... as soon as we get home and someone starts whining, or another starts nagging, the warm fuzzies all flitter away and we find ourselves back in the same exact spot as we left. Today, I did something with a little more substance.

Today, I began my education course in marine mammal husbandry. I have signed on for a year's worth of docent and teaching work. Despite a three hour round trip commute, I am thrilled to be back in the classroom, learning something new and having the opportunity to work with these animals, and share my enthusiasm for these creatures with others.

I drove home today on a natural high....I'm still feeling it as I type this. I feel re-invigorated, energized, and proud to be part of a community of volunteers who not only work to rehabilitate wounded and sick animals, but more importantly, gather scientific data to help further our knowledge and understanding of these fantastic, intelligent animals and their effect on our ecosystem and environment.

I feel alive! I feel I have something in my life that's all about me! I think it's been over twenty years since I've had such a selfish feeling. I'm learning...filling my brain with all sorts of new information and I just thrive on learning. I'm telling you, I could've been a college student for the rest of my life. But, I think the best part is knowing that I'm doing this all for me.

Oh! And for these cuties, too. Who wouldn't love to work with faces like these...
baby harbor seal pups grey love Pictures, Images and Photos

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11 comments:

  1. Omg, that's awesome!!! Congrats on your new venture! That's great that you're doing something for YOU, and those pictures are heart melting. And I have to crack up that you say "who-who"...we use that word with our kids and my mom always wondered where we got that term from lol...not many ppl say it :)

    Brandi
    www.yeewittlethings.blogspot.ca

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    1. Thanks, Brandi! I am very excited to be learning something totally new.
      I don't know where who-who came from. It just typed itself out and onto the blog. LOL!

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  2. Good for you! It's nice to be able to do something for ourselves once in a while, and your choice is admirable!

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    1. They are awfully cute, aren't they?

      Thank you!

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  3. Congratulations! That sounds like an exciting program.

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    1. It is! I'll be keeping you all posted on how it goes. Thank you!

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  4. Dr. H's Wife . . . You need to give yourself a name so that it is less tedious for us to address you (lol). Shared your post on my FB wall and it immediately started getting comments.

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    1. I know, I know! I need a first name. I'm a child of the seventies...Farrah??? hehehe! I'm open to suggestions.
      That's great! Thank you! Hope the comments are all good!

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    2. My mother said it should be Wanda or Ariel.

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  5. I thought I was the only one who used the term "who who" ! I agree with the difficulty of making any time for yourself. I am on maternity leave and haven't been able to get a pedicure the entire time - a little treat I was planning before we left for vaca. Good luck with the marine husbandry program. I used to want to be a marine biologist, so I def know where that desire comes from.

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  6. That is so awesome! Yay for you! I have learned that being selfish can make you a better parent too...time for yourself is so important.

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