I have had this blog for nearly 8 years and over that time I have mentioned many times that I find it difficult to “label” myself. I never call myself a “triathlete” a “runner” or an “artist” and yet this whole time I have been labelling myself as “ORDINARY”
No more. I am not ordinary! My daughter is not ordinary! She is not Little OL and I do not live “An Ordinary Life”
I did not do a word for 2014 but I am going to for 2015 and it is going to be “AWESOME”.
I have a VERY wise friend and she once said that you teach people how to treat you and she is so right! I have let people treat me as ordinary, I have even labeled myself as ordinary, so how can I expect any different.
My reason for my blog title “An Ordinary Life” initially was not that I thought my life was ordinarily, it was that I thought it was anything but. It was that I, a girl from an ordinary town, an ordinary family could live such an extraordinarily life. And an extra ordinary life I do lead. I make it that way. And my family is also anything but ordinary.
My confidence levels over my 30’s and 40’s have sunk! But I am reclaiming them. I have done some AWESOME things and intend to do a lot more. I will not be called ordinary and I will no longer be treated as such.
So, firstly – for those of you that don’t know here are some of my some achievements!
I am a MOMMY! (to the most extra ordinary 4 year old)
I am an IRONMAN
I am a ULTRA DISTANCE RUNNER
I am an ARTIST (and have actually sold quite a few paintings)
I am a WORLD TRAVELER – I have been around the globe, right around. I have worked in 6 different countries and traveled to a lot more.
I am a UNIVERSITY GRADUATE. I put myself through UNISA after returning to South Africa in 2000 and have a B.Com.
I am CLEVER – no explanation needed.
I have climbed KILOMANJARO, my sister mom and I climbed it to celebrate my mom’s 60th Birthday (yep, no ordinary family)
I once READ 365 Fiction books in one year. I was in Std 9. They were not all literary greats but it was still a book a day for a year….. Not including set works or text books. Some books took me more than a day, but I read a quick read in between to make up. (yes, there were quite a few Mills and Boons in there – I was 16 ……) I read quickly – I still do.
I obtain provincial colours in ROLLER SKATING…. And came second in my age group on South Africa (I was 12)
At one stage I could speak, write and read SWEDISH fluently
I run my own COMPANY
I own several PROPERTIES
So, that is it for now… I am sure there is more stuff that I have done, accomplished and achieved!
My business is all about celebrating achievements and it is about time that I celebrated my own.
So from now, NO MORE ORDINARY! I am not ordinarily, I have never been ordinary and I have no intention of ever being ordinary!
In the words of Anaïs Nin “Ordinary life does not interest me. I seek only the high moments.”
I am sorry I can’t credit the photo – I am not sure who took it.