Happy Monday, everyone. I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was good. A little bit of yard work, a little bit of running, and some time with friends. 🙂
Saturday night I drove to Denver to celebrate the 20th wedding anniversary of my dear friend of many years, Leysa, and her husband Alan. It has been many years since I have spent time with Leysa but between the ages of 19 and 30 Leysa was not only my boss at KFC but one of my closest friends. Leysa and Alan go down in my book as one of the couples that I celebrate in finding love after divorce and heartache. 20 years ago Alan swept Leysa off her feet and he still treats her like a queen. It is obvious when Alan looks at Leysa that he believes himself to be the luckiest man alive.
At the celebration I found myself in the company of several other old friends and coworkers from my KFC days. Pete and his wife Sheryl,Tom and Marla. Pete and Marla, along with Leysa, had each been my boss at one time or another during my time at KFC and Tom was our district manager. At one point in our conversation Marla referred to the past as “the good old days” and then added “except you weren’t happy then, Laura.” Pete agreed. Earlier, Pete mentioned to me how good it was to see me so happy and enjoying life. To say I was miserable 20 years ago would have been an understatement. I was lost, confused,and didn’t know which way was up.I was a square peg trying to fit into a round hole at KFC. Running a restaurant was never what I was meant to do and yet I tried to make it work for over a decade of my life.
As I sat at the table I began to think about second chances. Leysa and Alan’s second chance at love, my second chance in life, and how each of us has the power to set a new course for our life each and every day.
We have the opportunity to take what we have gained from our life’s experiences and use our experiences to grow and evolve to our fullest potential. Sometimes, we may find ourselves off course and we may find it necessary to re-invent who we are. I couldn’t have even conceived at age 30 the person I would become today. In many ways the person I was in 1990 does not exist anymore. I am a very different person both inwardly and in my outward appearance. This realization makes me excited to see who I will become in the future. I now know that second chances abound. In love and relationships, in careers, in health and fitness, and in dreams for the future.
Life is both beautiful and tough with amazing high points and devastating lows. We often second guess our decisions when we find ourselves in painful or difficult situations. If you ever find yourself lost or without direction in this world, just remember the next decision you make can be a decision for a new beginning. Life is always ready to give you a second chance. It may look different than the first time around but that is often a good thing.
A special thank you to Leysa, Pete, Marla, and all my KFC friends who supported me “back in the day”. I couldn’t have found myself and got on the path I was meant to be on without your friendship as part of my life journey.
As always, I would love to hear from you. Have you had some second chances in your life?
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Until next time,