I have a reoccurring dream.
I'm running in an open space, and then just as if I'm on some sort of stair-stepper, I start pushing my feet against the air -
Climbing higher and higher into the sky and before I know it I'm soaring -
Showing off to people below who are pointing and waving and awestruck.
In the dream I'm powerful and set apart.
The only one who can do what I'm doing.
When I wake up, I'm smiling.
Something has happened to me lately.
I had been walking around in a fog. A daze.
Every day feeling the same - Like a record skipping the same tune over and over again.
I don't know what it really is, but there's a new fire in me.
It's like I got up one morning in the last few weeks with super powers.
I feel alive.
I feel invigorated.
I feel hopeful and optimistic.
I feel happy and blessed.
Not that I wasn't feeling those things at all before, but all of a sudden, they're just more amped up.
I think it happened about two weeks ago.
One morning, I opened my eyes and felt a ping of energy.
I felt every excuse for how I was spending my time fade away and I saw things more clearly.
Then, I did the best thing that anyone can do with that sort of feeling, I think -
I acted on it.
That day I worked out for 2 hours. I ate good. I smiled more. I let the kids bounce in their beds at nap time and sat downstairs listening to their giggles on the baby monitor.
Instead of charging upstairs to tell them to knock it off - I sat down with a glass of water and just listened and I giggled too.
The next day, I did it all again - pushing myself. Challenging my own beliefs.
Now, I know after years of looming depressive feelings and equal time of trying to fight off those feelings that this recent soaring mood may be just a crest of a hill that will soon start heading downward,
but I'm choosing to enjoy it while it's here.
It's like all of a sudden colors are more vibrant, food has more flavor and I'm breathing more deeply.
I attribute a lot of it to the exercise. It's been 1.5 hours + every day for about a week and a half -
But I also attribute it to conscious decision and hard work and prayer.
Instead of feeling mired down in my Groundhog Day moments of the every day, I'm choosing to make those days different in some small way.
It takes thought and planning.
When I boil it all down,
I'm absorbing the blessings.
The other day, when Chloe refused to take a nap in her own bed and the only way she'd sleep was with me in my bed
which she repetitively says is "Weally weally comfy" -
She had finally drifted off to sleep and I lay there staring at her thick long eyelashes and perfectly still lips and there was a flash of remembrance of when we were trying to get pregnant with her.
We tried and tried and nothing.
It seemed like a cruel joke.
Why would God make me with a mother's heart and then hold it back from me?
I remembered finally getting pregnant. I remembered the elation.
Then I remembered the feeling of the celebratory dinner, when I felt myself start to bleed.
The life draining loss.
That experience changed me in ways I cannot explain to most people who haven't lost something they really really wanted.
It taught me that true growth comes in the painful moments - Not the easy ones.
It taught me that sometimes the best plans for us are seen when our own get scrapped.
I remembered getting pregnant again right away, and how I felt when at 10 weeks I started to bleed again.
I've never prayed so hard in all my life.
But one tearful, panic stricken ultrasound later, there was that flickering heart on the screen. The baby was OK.
Chloe was OK.
Her name, meaning "Verdant and blooming" had real reason.
I'll never stop thinking of her as my redemptive child.
And just like God, she's also been my most challenging.
The squeaky wheel.
The dramatic one.
(May that serve as a reminder to be careful what you wish for.
All those thoughts were in that moment as she smacked her lips and rolled over on my pillow.
Take it in, Kerri.
Remember where you came from. Look at where you're going.
Live every moment as it was intended.
Stop waiting for the next perfect moment.
Stop waiting for the temperature to be right and my weight to be right and our money to be right.
THIS is what's right. What if this moment is all you've got?
So something's clicked.
I'm really loving things right now.
I even closed my eyes tonight and took a good long sniff off the top of Tessa's post dinner hair so that I could remember what toddler pizza oil head smells like.
I took Alena school shopping today and let her get all skinny jeans instead of some sensible ones because she's a pre-teen and how she feels really matters right now.
Nothing should hold her back from being fabulous, and gosh darn it - Nothing should hold ME back, either.
So I'll walk and I'll run and I'll sweat and
I'll do my makeup even when I'm just going to the park.
And then I take a nap next to one of the precious little beings in this world that remind me that I'm alive and that I have a reason to stop just walking and fly.