60 Years! = Who would’ve thunk?
Yes- some self reflection.
I turn 60 on November 3, 2017. Amazing! and not ashamed to claim it either.
I don’t feel like 60 years on this earth – in many ways I feel like I am just starting. I have so many things I still want to do and accomplish. What I do know now is to take it in and enjoy every minute while it is happening – no wishing time away.
And yet – so much has happened over the last 60 years.
- Elementary school
- Middle School
- High School
- Band, extra curricular activities
- PEOPLE! So many who were and are and always will be a critical piece of my puzzle even if they are already in place and I don’t see anymore. Thank you! Each of you has been a part of my story.
- People and connections in each of those stages
- Family- added and lost
- Love, marriage, children, grandchild
- Learning, creating
- Making a difference
- Working hard and hardly working….
- Doing stupid things
- Doing very smart things
- Adding many new people to my circle and yet losing so many
- so much!!!! I can’t even begin to bullet list it.
I can say every stage of life has been spectacular. Memories of all I have been a part of are strong and meaningful. There are no regrets. And while there is at times a feeling of loss – it is overcome by the feeling of knowing I had the experience or connection and it was a so important at the time. I look at not losing, but fortunate to have had the opportunity and the chance to be in a time and place when it was.
We can’t have things forever – so why not keep adding while not grieving, but rejoicing that we had something even if it was an instant.
What I have learned. Accepting others for who they are, rejoicing in their uniqueness and passions. Care and love is stronger than hate. No one should suffer and never suffer alone. Listening is important. The world does not revolve around ourselves. Sometimes others don’t have it figured out. Chocolate and turtle sundaes – and vodka are good. Hugs and snuggles are priceless. Family is number 1. Worry is wasted energy, but sometimes something that you have to do. Be happy with what you have.
Maintenance, upkeep and care go a long way. One act can change everything you know. There is no easy way to do anything and no one will do it for you. We are all better when just do it.
Health is important. Illness sucks.
So much yet to come….
enough reflection – it has been – looking ahead and not at my shoes….
Here’s to the next 60 years (or at least 30!) Hoping anyone reading this is a part of the journey….
yeah – just beginning to realize how fortunate I have been and still am. Thank you to all who have been a part of it and to those yet to be added. The best gift of all – what others bring to my world and heart. Thank you.