Me and Tulsa City Councilwoman Karen Gilbert!
Last night was a first for me--attending a candidate watch party after an election. The candidate--Karen Gilbert--has been a friend since our kids were in third grade. They're sophomores in college now, so you do the math!! Over the years, we've spent hours together at PTA meetings and school open house nights. I write about doing things, but Karen is one of those people who actually does things. Everything!!! She's a fireball I greatly admire. Any goal she sets, she doesn't just meet, but exceeds, with grace and integrity and great wardrobe flair. (Always a plus!)
Throughout the years, for as much as Karen has done for Tulsa Public Schools, I've urged her to go bigger. She's the kind of woman who inspires and isn't afraid of a challenge. She tirelessly fights for what she believes is right and is a champion of the underdog. She launched an anti-bullying campaign for which she was recently awarded by our governor. Karen worked SO HARD on her campaign for a seat on city council and as is usually the case when she sets her mind on accomplishing something, she got the job done. My dear friend is now to be addressed as Madame Councilwoman and the whole thing has me more than a little teary.
Why? Simple answer--I'm drawn to dreamers. There's nothing more thrilling to me than folks who have big dreams and aren't afraid to go for them. Karen put herself and family on the line in taking on this campaign. Sure, had she lost, no one would've died or anything, but it still would've been hard. Even knowing that, she trusted enough in her resolve to take on the challenge.
Tying all of this in to writers, or athletes, or anyone working for a job promotion, last night was a reminder that dreams seriously do come true. My sweet and funny friend is suddenly putting her talents to work on a pretty big stage and I couldn't be more pleased.
About a month before Karen announced her candidacy, I complained of a stomachache. Months later, after surprise gallbladder surgery and more unpleasant tests than I care to count, I still have a raging stomachache. Having been sick for months, I'm noticing a trend in myself that's distressing. I'm forgetting how to dream. I spend my days on the couch, nurturing this pain the way I used to nurture my family and friends and career. I despise this new side of myself and want to fix it. My next specialist appointment isn't until October, but if there's anything last night taught me, it's that I can't just shut down until doctors figure out what's wrong.
Karen's happiness and drive are contagious and fed me a huge dose of resolve to not let this temporary setback in my health beat me. My goals for today are writing five pages, unloading the dishwasher and cooking Hubby and myself a healthy dinner. Not much, but it's a start toward regaining normalcy. Another thing I'm going to do is make a fresh list of dreams. Some giant, some small, some a little nutty, but all mine and all achievable as long as I give them that initial seed.
What are your dreams? What are you doing to make them come true?