Letter #682: Life Nuggets

BdayDear life,

Last week, I turned 28. I don’t understand how time goes so quickly, but with each passing year I feel like you get more fun and I gain more perspective. I was reflecting on you in the last week, and I found it fitting to celebrate another year by sharing a few things I’ve learned along the way. Somehow at Kamp ‘throwing nuggets’ has become one of my things. My staff mocks me for it, but it’s become a simple way to share life lessons, tips of advice and biblical wisdom. So in reflection of my 28th year, here are some ‘Rother Nuggets’ in written form in no particular order:

  1. Age ain’t nothin’ but a thing. If you think and say you’re old, then you are. If you simply live life and don’t worry about your age, you’ll never be old.
  2. Life’s way more fun and much easier when you live open-handed with it rather than fists clenched tight.
  3. Enjoy the metabolism of youth! Something changes inside of you between 21 and 26.
  4. Be someone who tries new things. Life’s an adventure; don’t live like it’s boring.
  5. You’re capable of far more than you think. Believe in yourself.
  6. Pick up the phone and call. Better yet, get in your car and go. Texts are fine, but there’s nothing that can replace real conversation and authentic relationships.
  7. I’m 28, living in Branson (the Mecca of the Elderly), single and working a second job at Chick-fil-A. What is my life?! Never in a million years would I have guessed this is where I’d be and what I’d be doing. It’s far better.
  8. Live purposefully. Every day. Every moment.
  9. Refuse to waste your life. There’s nothing more freeing than this. Nothing.
  10. Challenge yourself. Get out of your comfort zone. I’ve been more humbled through my hot yoga/barre classes and having 20-year-olds giving me direction at Chick-fil-A this year than maybe ever. It’s a really healthy place to live.
  11. You don’t need as much sleep as you think. But remember, being disciplined in the morning starts by being disciplined at night.
  12. You have the ability to make people’s day every time you interact with someone. Choose joy. Choose to encourage. Smile. It’s always worth it.
  13. Bust your rear now to instill financial disciplines. Get out of debt. Live below your means. Don’t buy stupid stuff. Save so you can go on adventures. Give…none of it’s yours anyway.
  14. Whether they have something to offer you or not, people matter. Look every one in the eye, show them dignity and be kind.
  15. Living life with 1000s of people in your life stage isn’t real life. Enjoy college while it lasts, but be ready to fight for community. And know it’s worth fighting for. We weren’t built to go at it alone.
  16. Friends come in all types. Surround yourself with people different than yourself. People who make you better. Forget stereotypes and just do life well with the people God puts in your path. Married, single, younger, older. It doesn’t matter. Don’t let life stage dictate friendship.

    Wiebe birthday
    Birthday celebration with the Wiebe clan…beyond thankful for this crew!
  17. There are few things more attractive than a strong work ethic. Work hard. Do your best.
  18. Feelings change often. Don’t rely on them solely. Anchor yourself in truth.
  19. Opportunity is everywhere. Open your eyes and stop sulking. Make the most of what’s in front of you.
  20. Don’t run from questions. Ask yourself hard ones. Surround yourself with people who push you to wrestle by asking them. Who am I? What am I good at? What are my weaknesses? What do I believe and why? Is what I’m spending my time on worth it?
  21. Show up. Being present matters. Have integrity and be a person of your word.
  22. Laugh. A lot. With others and at yourself.

As I was writing these, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I longed for these not to just be bullet points on a page, but pillars my life is built around. Honestly, praying that my heart would be centered in Jesus and that the overflow of how I live would reflect that. It’s been a good 27 years…looking forward to the 28th and all I will learn!

28 going on…….,

Rother the nugget thrower (hypothetically and now literally!)

Letter #665: Swing for the Fences

Dear life,

Sometimes you happen exactly how we envision you. Then there’s the other 23 hours of the day.

We expect things to happen one way, but the reality is you are full of curveballs.

What happens when curveballs come your way? You keep swinging. You learn how to recognize them, and you embrace. You can’t control what the pitcher throws your way. You can control how you approach your at bat.

About a month ago I turned 27. Does my life look anything like I thought it would? Not one bit. Do I care? Sure, sometimes it’s hard. How do I handle it? Work through it, move on and get over it. I don’t know about you, but I’m not riding the bench. The unexpected will not paralyze me. I have many more at bats to take, and I’m making the most of each one. I’m swinging for the fences!

Embrace the unexpected,

Fence swinger

Letter #508: One More Week

Dear life,

I can’t wait for you to slow down even for just a day. Let’s be honest, you never really slow down because there’s always something that pops up. Who am I kidding? As soon as I get through this crazy season, it’s time for camp which means even more chaos. I’ll gladly take camp chaos!

One more week and I can breathe. One more week Lindsay. One more week. School is done (DONE) in one more week. I can come home from work and not look at a computer again until the next day. I can go to sleep before 1 AM because I’m up writing papers. I can have one of you outside of school and work. I can’t wait.

Faithfully trying to finish strong,

Weary grad student

Prayers appreciated if you think about it!!!!

Letter #122: LIFE.

Dear life,

You’re starting to look a whole lot less like a traveling commercial and a whole lot more like a typical 23 year old’s ‘stable’ version of you. Well, let’s be honest, there is nothing ‘typical’ about my version of you. I live in Branson for crying out loud!

This is the first time my suitcase has been unpacked in four months. It feels good to fully be in one place for awhile.

This is the first time my fridge has been filled in four months. My bank account hated paying the bill, but my body is LOVING being in control of my meals. While scanning my groceries the sweet, 75-year-old cashier told me, “Ma’am, you sure do eat healthy.” Music to my ears considering what trail meals can sometimes look like!

All in all, you have been very unique the past four months. I’m excited and anxious about what lies ahead for us. Luckily, I embraced long ago that you’re a process, so I’m just thankful to be living you at the moment!

I have groceries and get to eat what I want!!!

Life Lover