For me, that list is made of songs that I can absolutely belt out in the car while driving at night. That’s when & where I become one with songs and sing with absolute abandon. When no one will care if one song is just on repeat for an hour because it’s what I need. Some of my songs came to me recently and joined that list. Some have been there for close to 30 years… since before I could drive and had to purge a bad day by singing loudly in my childhood bedroom.
“Nemesis”- David Gray Live ITunes Festival London 2014
“Anna Begins” - Counting Crows
“Rain King”/ “Thunder Road” - Live by Counting Crows
“Spirits” - Strumbellas
“S.O.B.” - Nathaniel Ratliff and the Nightsweats
“Make It Sweet” - Old Dominion
“Hallelujah” - Jeff Buckley
“Release” - Pearl Jam
“Only In Dreams” - Weezer
“And the Healing Has Begun” - Van Morrison
What's on your list?
When I first wrote this goal for my Before 50 list, I imagined pursuing exercise & brightly colored swimsuits... but let's talk about laser hair removal :)
A friend said, "Why have we waited to do this?? Can you imagine never having to shave again?". Indeed, I could, and I had to check it out.
You actually need to talk to a nurse practitioner before you go in, & the place I go is called a "medical spa." I was approved for my laser hair removal, & my doctors' office said to go for it. I also did some reading from reliable sources (the American Academy of Dermatology). Decision made, I made my appointment. It's not not painful, but it's very survivable. It feels like warmth & tiny pinches. I've only been once, but I've almost stopped shaving my armpits again. If you've been shaving your pits since you were 11, this is big news.
Psyched about my arm pits (never said that before...), I signed up for my lower legs. This isn't exactly a cheap procedure (read more here), so I haven't committed to the full-leg treatment. That said, I've been shaving my knees and ankles for 30 years & I'm still woefully inadequate at it. More than once I've found myself out in public with an unshaven knee patch that made me cringe. No more!
If I'm not finding random hairy patches on my legs all summer, I'll feel better in this body of mine, so it's an investment I'm making from the Cynthia fund. Worth it!
I'm so grateful to have you here with me. I LOVE being a mom, but I'm trying to still be "me" while being a mom, & this blog has been a tool for me to figure that out. Hopefully it's that for you, as well. I look forward to hearing from you so that I can make this blog meaningful for you. Thanks for being here!