“I think one of my favorite feelings is laughing with someone and realizing half way through how much you enjoy them and their existence.” – Livelifehappy.com
Last weekend, I was lucky enough to spend some time in Florida, marrying my childhood best friend, Ali, to her other half, James. The wedding was casual, stress free, and beautiful. The sun was shining, the bride was glowing, and the groom had tears of joy as his young bride strutted down the aisle (and yes, I do mean strut). I had the biggest honor of filling two huge roles; the matron-of-honor and the wedding officiate. Let me tell you, being officiate is the best seat in the house! I got to witness the connection between them, the nerves, the flickering desire in each of their eyes, and the anticipating audiences coo over the first kiss. We bar-be-que’d, we partied on the beach, and we had a splendid evening celebrating young love.
However, this post is not about the wedding. This post is about the positive attitude of some incredible women I got to spend 5 days with in Florida. Most of the weekend was picture perfect. I mean, there is always a little stress when a wedding is involved, but nearly the entire weekend went off without a hitch. Then came the storms on Monday.
The boys had plans of their own and it was a rainy day, no time for the beach. We spent the morning lounging around and decided to do what us girls do best: shop! Trouble is, Destin only has outside malls and it was not just drizzling… it was down pouring. But that didn’t stop us! We spent the entire afternoon running in between stores, shopping our hearts out, laughing our asses off, and soaked to the bone. We kept receiving weather alerts on our phone, but we were too caught up in the fun. Plus, we are tough. Right?
We finally decide it is about time to head back to the condo we were staying at, which was less than 3 miles away from the mall. As we crept out onto the main road, we hit bumper to bumper traffic. We still weren’t worried, as we sent Snapchats of our shopping haul and dripping hair. Must be an accident ahead, we thought. We sang girl jams and giggled about our day.
However, we were wrong. Very wrong. There was no accident and this was no normal rainy day. This was a huge storm. In fact, it made national news that night. We started to realize this as the water on the road began to rise… In fact, the cars on the road ahead had water nearly halfway up their sides, the bottoms of the trucks were touching water, and there were TIDES ON THE ROAD. Not to mention, we were in Ali’s BMW convertible, which is not exactly the ideal vehicle for this kind of terrain. The water began to seep in the floorboards and we made the mutual decision that it was definitely time to get off the road, like ten minutes ago! We finally get over into the right lane and find a parking lot within our reach. The road dipped down a bit before we got into the parking lot, shooting water over the top of the car, and it doing so, killed the engine. We had to get out of the vehicle and push it into a parking spot. Of course, we were mostly worried about our precious new books in the truck of the car, so we decided to throw all our shopping bags into the car seats and head in doors…
We had the best of luck! Ali had pulled into a liquor store parking lot, which was the best of irony because it was her 21st birthday and we were just thankful she was allowed to go inside with us. We dried off, phoned the boys (multiple times, I might add) to come pick us up in the truck, and bought a bottle of wine to share. Well, mostly share. Ali had just shared the wonderful news that she was pregnant, so she did not get to join in the fun while we waited to be rescued.
Now I share this story for a few reasons. First, because it is hilarious and we will never forget this day together; but more importantly, because I was seriously impressed with these girls. Ali, Carissa, and Victoria are some bad ass ladies! No one complained. No one whined about their cold and wet clothing, their ruined makeup and hair, or having to push a vehicle in the rain. No one panicked or played the victim. No one argued or got upset or acted like a child.
We laughed! And laughed and laughed and laughed. I remember one of the girls saying “there’s nothing to do but laugh.” As true as that felt in the moment, I reflected later about how few people would have actually had that reaction. There are plenty of things to do other than laugh, as I described up above. However, we didn’t let anything ruin our good time together or Ali’s birthday and wedding weekend. We made the best of the situation and didn’t dwell on all the things that went wrong or could have gone worse.
I wish this was the reaction I always have when things don’t go according to plan. I have a lot of attitude adjustments to work on and I’m so thankful these beautiful girls were around to remind each other of that. Life is short and it should be full of laughter and love for each other, not stress and selfishness. I love you girls and I am so thankful I was reminded to life with positive vibes. I hope each of you can do the same.
Happy Monday y’all 🙂 – Taryn