As I age, I notice the importance of health more, my own, and others I love and care about.
It's a double edged sword. One side is thinking more about one's own mortality and having more ailments than I remember in years past, but the other side is a gift.
I allow myself time to enjoy and have fun because there are enough difficult things going on that I need to let myself recalibrate now. I am finding the oxygen mask metaphor of "taking care of yourself first so you can take better care of others" is really true.
I find having coffee in the morning in the quiet is a special occasion not just something to rush through. I truly understand the concept of mindfulness and being in the moment you are in and appreciating it.
I spend a lot of time around college students with my teaching and I love their energy and determination, but I am very appreciative of the perspective you gain with age. It is so much easier to be grateful for small things and you realize that who you are as a person and the kind of person you are is based very little on your "accomplishments" measured by the outside world.
That's what they wanted and that's what I was able to contribute to them.
So I am very grateful for that ability and try hard to apply it to my own life on as much of a daily basis as I can.
I am also grateful to you as a reader. I find the gift of being able to write about life's trials and tribulations allows me a deeper connection with others and myself. So, thank you for reading this blog…