Today, at 10:20 a.m., I will become a half-century old. It seems impossible to me that I have been alive through the first moon landing , the end of the Cold War, the advent of the personal computer and cell phone, the launching of the International Space Station, the election of nine different US Presidents, and the invention of twerking.
My decades have been marked by central themes imparted both by life’s circumstances and my own choices. If I were to chronicle my personal history on a timeline, there would be periods of happiness and laughter, innocence and naiveté, discovery and learning, loss and sadness, romance and desire, fear and desolation, and security and well-being. Above all, the steadfast message, feeling, and constant that’s been in my life has been love. From the beautiful mother who brought me into this world, to my brother, husband, children, niece, and friends, I’ve been blessed with a network of people who love, and have loved, me.
Life is divulging secrets and lessons to us every single day, and 50 years on this Earth have taught me that good times come to an end, but so do hard times. I’ve learned that some things are difficult, but that it’s alright to ask for help. I’ve experienced giving bringing more joy than receiving, and I know that it’s our job to look out for others; be they human furry, finned, feathered or scaled. I’ve found that laughter is a fabulous abdominal workout and that taking myself too seriously isn’t a good idea. I’ve learned to trust my instincts, and that most of my worries never come to pass. But most of all I’ve found that kindness matters , manners work and loving yourself and others is the most amazing experience of all.
What life-lessons have you learned, so far?