What’s 18,262 days long? My life so far, that’s what (50 years times 365 days, plus 12 days for leap years). Ugh. I turn 50 today at 1:28 pm. Can’t say I didn’t see it coming, but it’s still a surprise. Where did half a century go? Just last week I was in my 20s, slim and healthy, and with unlimited possibilities ahead of me. Today, not so much.
But wait, let’s not dwell on the negative here. There are things to value about aging. I’m 18 with 32 years of experience, for Pete’s sake! (Who is Pete anyway?) I’ve soaked up lots of wisdom over the years, and I still love learning new things. I’ve learned what’s important and what isn’t, have learned to let go of some parts of my life that don’t make me happy, while adding things that contribute to my feelings of well-being. I’ve decided that I will allow myself to be ME, whether other people like it or not. (Yes, I feel a bit cantankerous today too.) Overall, I feel optimistic about the future. I have a wonderful family and a few very dear friends.
I’m especially thankful that I’ve developed such an appreciation for nature over the past 20 years. I feel the most at peace when I’m sharing time with animals, walking in the woods, or floating on the water. I look forward to lots more time communing with nature in the coming years, and sharing pictures and stories right here.