Friday, May 14, 2010

From Frat Parties to Pampers... memoirs of a past life

Thank you in advance to all of my friends for the outrageous photos to choose from for this post... brings back lots of good memories. And I take NO responsibility for any embarrassment that comes from plastering your faces on here with me.

So many friends joke about how all of their friends are married or getting pregnant and they're just getting drunk (thank you to the latest Facebook page gaining popularity). It's funny to think about what I call my "past life" and my current life. Wow... all of you old friends can testify to my shananigans in high school and college. I was having the time of my life, literally, at least the time of THAT life. I fully enjoyed my carefree youth, I could hang with the best of them, I was the life of the party! We all know the lyrics..

"That party last night was awfully crazy I wish we taped it!
I danced my ass off and had this one girl completely naked
Drink my beer and smoke my weed,
but my good friends is all I need
Pass out at 3, wake up at 10, go out to eat then do it again
Man I love college..."

I'm sure fellow classmates and friends see the pictures of my wedding, pregnancy, and baby and go uhhh WHAA?? Time out! SHE is married with a kid now, NO WAY! Shocking I know. But I can't blame them, it's like meeting someone with multiple personalities, there's a major disconnect from the person you thought you were going to get and the one that stands before you.

Now I think that enjoying those years is key to being a well rounded individual. If nothing else it will give my kid some ridiculous stories to laugh about. Like the time I came home drunk at 2:00am and woke up the whole house while fixing myself some food only to dump my plate of spaghetti face down on the white carpet on my way to my room..... sorry Dad.... Or the time that I sat "detained" in the living room by the local police department after inviting my friends over to partake in the parents liquor cabinet and then go for a jaunt around the town with older boys... sorry Mom.... And I'll get to tell my son that no matter what he does as a stupid teenager there's nothing he could do that I haven't been there and done before. Trust me... there's NOTHING!

I'm thankful to have lived it, I had a blast, had my fair share and then some, and when I met my husband it was definitely time to move on. I was ready to say goodbye to that lifestyle.

I wish I could convey to every one of those old friends still "living the dream" how there is so much more to life than keggers, getting stoned, and watching the sun come up every night. So much more... To experience love, to watch the man of your dreams bend down on one knee and ask you to spend eternity with him, to have your Dad wipe tears from his eyes, take your trembling arm, kiss you on the cheek and say "let's do this" as he walks you down the aisle, to see the look in your family's eyes when you tell them that there will be a new addition soon, to bring your child into the world and realize how strong you are as a person, to witness a child discover the awesomeness of life. A night of booze and dancing pales in comparison to what the rest of life holds....  you can't imagine how much more there is. THIS is what life is really about, this is what enriches the soul, these are the memories you will leave when it's your time to walk to the other side, not the frat parties.

I wish I could bottle up these feelings and give it to them, and I wish for all them to experience this when they realize that it's time to move on. When it's right for them...

I happily put away my past life, wrapped it up with memories of good times and hung it on a shelf. Now is when life really begins...

I'm still the life of the party, but the parties these days have a little less beer and little more apple juice. And I still watch the sun come up.... while I'm changing a diaper.


ElleJay said...

Ah, I remember these days. They are few and far between now but I totally agree that I wouldn't change my life now for anything and it is soooo worth it!

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