Right before I ran across this writing draft today, I read an article about something similar. (Ironic, huh?) If you have the time, I highly recommend this article titled, “To Find Your Next Act, Look Back To Your Childhood”. (https://www.forbes.com/sites/nextavenue/2017/10/29/to-find-your-next-act-look-back-to-your-childhood/#10c251365376)
Below I share the few pages of unedited writing I started around 9 years ago for a book called, “Life of Aleesa”.
What should you do when you have faced many battles to get to your future? This is a question that is reoccurring in my mind each day. When I came from the ground bottom, and I have fought hard to make to where I am now, I feel as though I should spread my experience to others in a community serving – life-touching way. My story is a challenge that I hope to enlighten others to forgo so they will see what life will bring them. Go the distances and do everything you can to make your goals and dreams in life a reality.
I grew up in a single parent, poverty-challenged lifestyle. It wasn’t evident to me until I noticed in the lunch lines in elementary school my lunches were registered differently than other students. Why was I unable to get the ali-carte lunch menu? I noticed something was different about me. Every weekend my mom and went to the local panty to receive our box full of the necessities we needed to make it through. For many years at Christmas time, remembering faintly, I remember walking into a small corner room connected to a downtown business building. Inside it was like the North Pole before Santa made his deliveries, in my mind that is. Why did I go to an unfamiliar building for Christmas presents and not my apartment? It was hitting me that I was different.
I was told at young age in a settle way that college was important. My grandmother made me a unicorn bank when I was born which was placed on a tall shelf in my bedroom throughout early childhood. My mother would put a few pennies in the bank and say leave this here and keep adding to it throughout your school years and maybe just maybe you’ll have enough money saved to go to college.
It was always there inside me after the realization that I was different than others that I had to be different than most children. I would detain from my friends and talk to grown ups as though I was all grown up. I wanted to change the way things were. I told my mom I would find a job so we could get a house when I was only nine. I was unaware that no one would hire me. I know now what she must have felt. I learned the greatness of charity and donation at a young age. The nearby Christian Summer Camp named Kimble Camp always seemed interesting to me, but my mom would always say it was too much money. One year the camp offered students to come to the camp for fundraising efforts. Walking door to door around the community and standing just inside by the doorway at a local gas station named Eddie’s I raised all $700.00 to attend camp that summer. I felt great! I knew hard work meant you can receive something that’s great. I continued fundraising to attend for five years after. School was important to me growing up. I was told again and again by mother I could do anything and be anything. I was going to make it happen.
Since this is a published article on Medium.com with The Composite, I will simply provide the link to this article I wrote back on 12/10/2016.
LIFE’S SIMPLE PLEASURES❤
My Life’s Simple Pleasures
- Hearing the birds and other animals chirp in the morning with the smell of freshness and life. 🙂
- Walking around barefoot even outdoors in the grass and dirt.
- Sipping tea or coffee
- Reading blogs and other short articles from news or other reputable sources
- Reading about other people’s lives to get ideas
- Pondering things. Especially life, human nature, morality, and personal growth.
- Going to the salon to get my hair, nails, and other things done to make myself feel even more beautiful and trendy.
- Driving in my car listening to music and singing with it just awfully but not caring at all. Lol
- Being around old people. Especially older couples still completely in love and older couples & groups of elders having dinner conversations about life and current events. I want to do that when I’m old! I’m inspired!
- Taking a walk in my community
- Taking a walk in nature and usually observing the animals.
- Going to museums and art galleries
- Going to instrumental musical performances
- Eating a really healthy, full of different veggies salad, raw veggies, and mixed fruit.
- Having moments of reminiscing back to great memories of the past. This might involve traveling on occasion to my once favorite go-to restaurant or city where I used to live for a small moment of history but delight of what I love and have loved.
- Spending time with my family doing very special things with them like going to a restaurant, eating, a concert, a play, a movie, or other events. I also enjoy simple things like talking with them and spending time with their loving pets.
- Having time to just sit and have no obligations before me so that I can do whatever I want to do.
- Keeping my apartment decluttered and clean.
- Spending time with animals.
- Buying new or used clothes, shoes, and accessories that show off my style.
- Eating chocolate or other desserts and reallyyyyy enjoying them.
- Reading books that I find interesting like the Simply Luxurious Life, Thirty Chic Days, The Leadership Contract, Minimalism Books, Zen and other Buddhism lifestyle books.
- The smell of freshly cleaned clothes and blankets.
- Being a part of a group that is working together to make something better. I like feeling apart of something and enjoy being around those that inspire and motivate me to be my best self and in turn, I can do the same for them also.
- Going to a coffee or tea shop and just sitting and doing homework or reading or playing on the internet.
- Listening to live music at coffee shops or sophisticated bars
- Occasionally going to see a movie out while eating my kids sized popcorn combo. Lol
- Laughing and finding humor in the little things.
- Trying new things to see if I like them… getting out of my shell a little at times to do something different.
- Talking to people about their hopes, dreams, and goals. I want to really know what motivates people and what their pleasures are. Who and what they care about and love. What they’re passionate about.
- Running, playing tennis, playing softball.
- Understanding what’s going on in the world and in my community. I like information.
- Observing artists in action and/or seeing them with their pieces of art and/or craft so that I leave so happy and satisfied that these people are doing something special and following their passions in life.
- Writing. Especially my goals in life.
- Waking up warm and cozy and never wanting to get out of bed because it feels soooo good. Lol