“The Good Ole’ Days”

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A friend just sent me a photo from the good ole’ days.

I can see that my eyes are puffy and my skin is dehydrated, because I’m way too young here to have so many laugh lines. (Well, there is that whole sun exposure thing. Have I ever mentioned that I lived in St. Thomas for a year?)

Those days weren’t that great.

But right now, I’m getting ready to go hiking through my favorite mountain top. Later on, I’ll get some work done, go have an incredibly healthy dinner, and then call some people I love.

These are the good ole’ days.



20 thoughts on ““The Good Ole’ Days”

  1. My first thought was how beautiful you were, but then reading your words again, I tried to see you as YOU see you. I have a photograph of my kids with my parents here. I think it looks okay, but my son told me years afterwards that he was hungover and struggling to put on a smile that day. So I get this post and I love that you wrote it. I am so happy that I know you. X

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    1. Thank you! 💕
      I’m like your son here — I remember the day we took the photos. It’s supposed to be for a book that I never finished because sh*t was about to hit the fan and I was surviving it with wine. Immediately after I posted it, however, I felt a twinge of guilt, like I’d hurt a person who couldn’t fight back. I have compassion for myself back then, and it’s like that woman is someone I used to know — almost like a daughter. I should have been more understanding of the woman in the photo, and not pointing out her physical decline.
      How’s that for a f*cked up answer? 🙂

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  2. I know exactly what you mean. Thank you for sharing. This brings up a lot of phantom stories from drinking days. You are so right “these are the good ole’ days”. Enjoy your hike with the people you love, and thank you always ❤️

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  3. I’m super judgy of my booze pictures too. It’s hard not too when the difference is night and day. It’s a beautiful picture though.
    Hiking is one of the best activities out there. Are you able to hike year round where you live?

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    1. Thank you so much! And you’re right — I’m super judgy because I know the circumstances surrounding the photo as well.
      Hardier souls hike year round where I am: the foothills in North Carolina. I tend to get out there mostly in Spring, Fall, and Summer. It’s so beautiful in the mountains here. How about you?

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      1. I just moved back to NH after living in Huntersville, NC for a year! A cold hike doesn’t appeal to me either. It’s in the 50’s and it’s Earth Day, so I will definitely be connecting with nature today!

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  4. Having read this post and the comments above, I think there are some deep truths here on how you used to see yourself and how you see yourself now. I am someone that has a tough time appreciating my own good qualities. Not that I’m saying this is your characteristic, but your post had brought that reality to myself. Sometimes, we forget to show ourselves love and compassion. This is a beautiful reminder to do just that. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, and you’re right. I do have a more difficult time appreciating who I was at the time. I’m getting much better at it, however. I’m practicing that self love whenever I see a photo of myself now. I need to apply what I believe, which is exactly what Tara Mohr said: “Every moment you spent playing small contributes to the well of passion you can draw on to play big. Nothing was wasted.”

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