Born under the sign of Capricorn, I was always mature, sensible and optimistic. My actions were a little wild as a young teenager. I guess I was trying to make up for what I saw as boredom. Riding on the back of a motorcycle seemed like a heck of a risk but I took it willingly, thinking I'd probably die before I reached sixteen. How little I knew.
I married far too young the first time. By the time I was 23 yrs, three children had arrived to bring joy to my life. I taught them how to love and share, how every person is important, and a sense of responsibility by cleaning up rubbish on the beach. We exercised together, walked to the beach for swimming lessons, participated in community gatherings to raise awareness about the poor, and travelled everywhere on busses. My children were my life.
If I wanted to remain close to my family, I shouldn't have moved away no matter what reason drove me. I shouldn't have tried to guide my first husband. He had his own destiny.
As to success, I'm not sure what I can proclaim. 'Here is a woman who tries'. That doesn't cut it. I've worked some wonderful embroidery, made patchwork quilts, knitted, crocheted, and spun wool. I've written poetry, composed the words and music for hundreds of songs, and published six novels so far.
How do you measure success? By money? By a sense of achievement? Perhaps you need to present a list before you can pass through the 'pearly gates'. I think my greatest success is in acknowledging the good in others.
YOU SHOULD BE PROUD
Lately you look so tired and downhearted
Picking yourself up when you've just started
Trying again to make everything right
After another knock gave you a fright.
You feel that life's singleing you out
Tripping, when you don't know what it's about
But when you look all about you and see
Trials are there for all, no others are free.
You should be proud of all you've accomplished
Look what's happened just because you've wished
And then worked towards achieving your dream
It's incredible, how good does that seem?
Know your hard work is appreciated
By big wide smiles, althugh it's not stated
Without your efforts nothing could go on
With joy and strife, life is a two-edged prong.
Take stock of it all and hold your head high
With extra thought the limit is the sky
Be proud of the strength to survive it all
And each time you think about it, walk tall.