As I was driving into work this morning, House of Pain’s Jump Around came on. I heart this song for two reasons: 1. Mrs. Doubtfire (DUH), and 2. You ever seen a Wisconsin Badgers game? It’s kind of their anthem. If not, you tube it to see a stadium full of red and white jumping around. It’s seriously one of the coolest things ever.
And it got me thinking, a lot about what ifs, because you see, I almost went to college in Wisconsin. I wanted soooo badly to get out of Georgia, and get away from those people that I went to high school with, that I considered packing up and moving back to the Motherland.
And once I made the decision to go to Auburn, I was so sick of Auburn, because it was EXACTLY like what I had left at home in Georgia. I applied to Kansas University, got in, but never really made the trek out there. Also, their campus is beautiful, too, and they equally have their amount of cool things (Rock Chalk Jayhawk and the waving of the wheat — also look up). Also, don’t take this paragraph the wrong way — I absolutely love my alma mater — War Eagle for life.
But I didn’t move, and I didn’t change schools. What I did do was stick it out at Auburn, get good grades, get some form of work experience (holla at ya girl Ruby Tuesday), graduate with honors and leave. I also happened to meet B (while both waiting tables at Ruby Tuesday), but our love story didn’t start for awhile after school.
And then, like a fool, I followed a boy to Birmingham. Obviously that didn’t work out, but again, I didn’t move, and I didn’t change jobs — I stuck it out here. I was fully capable of taking care of myself, and that, to me, was the coolest thing in the world. So eventually B and I did get together in Birmingham (as he was the only person I knew here), and the rest, as they say, is history.
The whole point of my rambling is that sometimes thinking about “what ifs” is completely pointless. Ok, so what IF I had moved back to Wisconsin, and what IF I had moved to Kansas, or what IF I had let that failure of that ONE relationship get to me and I peaced out of Birmingham? Could I have been happy? Sure, probably. Could I have been successful? Sure, probably (I have a pretty strong work ethic).
But IF I had done any of those things, I wouldn’t have what I have now – A husband who is going to make a great father — a serious love of food and trying new things (also got that from B) — my Stell dog – and a life that just makes it worth it to go home to.
Crazy how one song can do all that, huh?
I hope you all have a great weekend!!