Yet another birthday goes by and I find myself once again thinking about my life. It’s only natural to sit back and take stock in past experiences because learning from your past is an important part of growing. Not just growing up but growing. Not regretting but accepting. Not becoming bitter but becoming better. Learning the balancing act called life and giving yourself the best present – learning to BE present.
What have I learned?
I’ve lost friends over the years so first and foremost I’ve learned to be grateful for birthdays. When you understand the alternative you can hardly be sad about your age. Birthdays should be celebrated no matter what that means to you. Celebrate your accomplishments and celebrate the the scars you may have whether visible or not. Scars and even wrinkles are badges we earn as years pass whether we like them or not. Do I believe I have life figured out? Hardly, and I don’t expect to because each decade brings on different challenges and changes.
Am I old?
No. At least I don’t think I am! We always hear that age is just a number but in reality it’s all relative. When you’re 20 you think 30 is old. I’m currently in Florida for awhile and I have to laugh because I used to think “old” people went Florida. You know, “snowbirds”. Well, I guess I’m a snowbird and I’m glad for it. I enjoy the change of scenery, the warmth of the Florida sun on my body and going for a run on the beach. Do I miss my Wisconsin home? Sure I do and I miss my family and friends but as I grow older my concerns shift and I begin to miss my hair stylist as much as anyone. How am I going to keep those gray hairs covered in the appropriate shade of hair color without her? Pretty trivial stuff but nonetheless it’s on my mind.
Birthdays, learning, traveling, and celebrating life, it’s all good.♥
Here’s to finding your style,™ – Kim