A Few Good Men…

In the feminine empowerment state of mind running rampant in our society, I feel like we oftentimes forget to remember those guys that make the world a better place.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we shouldn’t strive to be strong, independently capable women. I am the last person who would balk at strong and independent.

I do think, however, we get caught up in so much of our life, and how it’s supposed go, and how things are supposed to be, that we lose sight of some of the most important people in front of us.

So today’s post is to recognize a few of those people with whom I am grateful to have in my life.

A few years ago I would never have dreamed that I would be surrounded by such a diverse, and truly soul lifting, group of individuals. The funny part about this group of mine is that most of them don’t even know each other. They all represent different parts of my life…a fun fact I just discovered as I was typing this.

A few years ago I was in a place of total heartbreak. I’d never felt the physical pain of heartbreak like this before. If you’ve ever been through this, know I feel your pain.

My sweet friend sent me this quote earlier this week…

“Instead of asking, ‘Why did this happen to me?’ Learn to ask ‘What is the lesson in this?'” -Mastin Kipp

It’s scary and painful when doors shut in our lives. As a self-proclaimed optimist, I always try to think that something better will come of it, but that doesn’t make the pain any less intense.

The lesson I learned is that however painful that part of my life was, none of these beautiful people I’m going to write about today would be in this capacity of my life if that door had not shut.

In this case, through time, it seems like a long corridor of doors just started opening up. And I’m not speaking in a romantic way either. I’m talking about  guys/men/gentlemen who exhibit qualities we start to think aren’t common anymore.

And yes, I’ve met my share of “those guys” too…unintentionally, while minding my own business. They still exist, but that could be an entire post on it’s own 😉

So who are these few good men?

Well…in no particular order…

There’s my favorite Zouk partner. He and I started at the dance studio at the same time. He’s one who always greets you with a big smile and a hug. He’s one of the most sincerely genuine and caring individuals I’ve ever met. We also rely on each other a lot during dance because this learning to dance stuff is challenging. The most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, but challenging as all get out. He and I have no judgment with each other since we’ve both grown with the process on a similar timeline. So grateful to have him on this journey!

And game night wouldn’t be the same without #TeamParentFail. We have a game night with some sweet friends, and they wouldn’t be the same without this guy. The amount of laughter that is exuded between all of us should probably be illegal! We love to play Apples to Apples, and there are so many cards that our kids look at and go, “Who/What is this?” Hence the way we became #TeamParentFail. Absolutely hilarious moments that make us question everything. The level of respect, sincerity, and gratitude this guy exhibits is priceless.

To the man in blue, the one of whom I will never have to question my humanity because of. This guy makes me smile for so many reasons. He’s always there to send me something that makes me laugh. He’s one of the first people that really embraced this adventurous new aspect of my life. It’s always a pleasure talking with him, or having great conversation over lunch. His lack of judgment on any of my wacky ideas is so greatly appreciated. He’s always one of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters for my ideas, big or small.

And then there’s this guy…my favorite brownie loving, ninja squirrel guy! No matter what, this guy’s optimism and positivity always exudes. He’s well versed on life, and so many worldly matters. It’s an absolute pleasure to talk to him.  Our conversations last for hours on end and cover the gamut of topics. He’s a lover of life, and has an appreciation for even the smallest things. His ingenuity and creativeness are inspiring. He always makes me smile!

Last, but not least, is my favorite NASCAR chauffeur. This guy can make me laugh on a dime, and has the wit of few people I know. His comebacks are priceless, and he never lets me win! He’s a challenge in so many ways, but I appreciate his kindness and sincerity immensely. He has challenged me since the day I met him, and not just anyone can do that. I wouldn’t consider myself easy to challenge, and still like you, unless you really knew me. I’m always up for a good challenge, and he’s always ready to dish one out. I love that we can have that banter. It makes my days much more interesting for sure.

These are just a few of the good men in my life. There are so many more that have brought, and continue to bring, happiness into my life in so many different capacities.

So, long story short, new doors can open if you’re willing to let them. Pain is going to hurt, but the joy in life doesn’t have to stop. Transitions are hard, but the possibilities are limitless on the journey.

When a door closes in your life, or is slammed in your face, grieve. But don’t forget to check the hallway occasionally…you might find that a few new doors have started to open. They may not be the same kind of door, but I’d be willing to bet they open up to parts of life you thought didn’t exist, or didn’t know existed.

You got this!

-Amber

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P.S. All in all, there ARE a few good men out there. When you find one, don’t forget to tell him you appreciate him. They deserve to know 🙂 It might just make their day!

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