Hello, friend, it’s been a while!
I am currently sitting on a king size, Tempurpedic mattress, with a lovely European, Gothic headboard, the fire placing is roaring, I’m watching a cheesy, Hallmark Christmas movie, and the Italian Marble shower with amazing water pressure is calling my name. I am in Columbia, Maryland on a business trip, which is why it has taken me so long to write. At least a week’s worth (if not more) of training has been rammed into 3 days and my brain is completely fried.
I have wanted to write about this awesome Inn I am staying in, but I just haven’t been up to the task, so you can look forward to that post sometime this weekend. I have so many things I want to tell you about! Even though it’s for business I’ve had a great experience, and I really have learned a lot.
I came on this trip with my colleague, Tom, and he mentioned to me the other night that he’s learning more and more things about me that he never knew, and he’s really seen me let my hair down while on this trip. I explained to him that I’m tired of hiding parts of myself away out of fear that people will think I’m weird. The older I get the less I care what people think, and it truly is freeing. So I have also decided to start sharing even more of who I truly am with you, too! I have been doing this all along, but the more and more I write, the more I find myself putting more of myself into my words, letting myself bleed in ink.
There’s a beautiful dinning area here at The Columbia Inn at Peralynna with a view of a beautiful Christmas tree. In the dinning area they serve complimentary white wine and cheese. I decided to treat myself to a small glass (although, I prefer red,) and “I’ve got Rhythm,” by George Gershwin played. I swayed around the area by the Christmas tree and when I looked up, David, the elderly gentleman who runs this Inn was standing, watching me. He apologized for staring, but he said he’s never seen someone allow themselves to let their hair down quite so freely, and I told him that I’ve decided to allow myself to do that more often because life is too short not to relish in the moments that make us happy, and I love music and Christmas trees. He laughed. We started talking, and I’ll write more about that in a later blog post because he discussed the history of this Inn, but it made me fall in love with this place even more. Honestly, if I had the means I think I’d try to buy it.
Anyway, back to my conversation with Tom, he learned that I love horror stories and that I’m currently lost in a book I’m reading Titled “Hell House“by RIchard Matheson. He also learned that I love funk music, something that a lot of people probably don’t know about me. We also talked about very personal issues, and I love that he felt he could bare his soul with me, and although it was personal it didn’t feel awkward or forced in anyway, and I loved getting to know him a little better, and I think he enjoyed getting to know me better as well.
On the way back to the Inn after our dinner tonight, he told me that I have many layers and I agreed. I do have very many layers. I believe he was referring to my eclectic taste in pretty much all areas of life. For instance, I was telling him how much I love Baltimore, how much I love the city lights at night, bridges, and the history most cities have to offer, but I also love the mossy Oaks, babbling brooks, and starry skies of the country. I love gorgeous hills and mountains, I love oceans and sandy beaches, I just love nature, and I explained how I could never tire of weeping willows, sunsets, or the moon, and he proceeded to tell me I was deep. Again, I agreed. You just have to peel back the layers to find out how deep, and not everyone has the patience or the desire to want to get to know me and all my depth, but I truly appreciate those who do!
So tonight, friend, I raise a glass to you and all of your layers, because I love learning about the depths of people. Please embrace all of your layers, and relish in all of life’s moments that bring you joy because life is just too short not to.
Also, enjoy this piece of funk by The Temptations, one of my favorite bands!
Love & life lessons,