I'm not sure what to think of where I'm going or where I've been, but I know who I am and what I stand for and I'm not afraid to speak my mind when so inclined to do so.
I am so grateful to have made it this far along the road of life. At this time of year, I think of the friends and family who did not get to this point and I'm reminded of what a gift each day of life is.
But how easily I can forget this when I'm frustrated by my kids and their messy room and their sharp, sassy retorts and their disagreements over what's being served at mealtime and their sibling arguing or when I'm harried by a work deadline and the need to run to get groceries and make dinner and plan out school lessons and get kids to bed or when I'm feeling unlucky or unfortunate.
So, today (and for the next few days) it's my goal to remember this and go out and enjoy the gift of life with some of my favorite people and do some of my favorite things. I really do love my birthday. It's always so beautiful with the fall colors and crisp, cool air. You can be sure there will be plenty of chocolate and fall leaves and apples and pumpkins and laughing…lots of laughing.
This past year has been a good one, filled with travel and family and friends.
May the coming year bring me opportunities to serve those in need, travel with my family and see my friends more often. My birthday wish is to focus on writing again and spend more time drawing and keep traveling and exploring.
I have lots of gray hairs on my head. My joints hurt sometimes. I can't go without sleep as much as I used to. I have some wrinkles on my face. But all that's ok because that's all part of growing older and living life. And I'm trying to soak up as much living as I can. This is 42. Happy Birthday to me. Over and out…