“Day by day, nothing seems to change, but pretty soon…everything’s different.” – Bill Watterson
Turning 50 is often seen as something to survive, a milestone to be ignored rather than acknowledged.
I didn’t feel that way at all.
For me it’s been a process of opening up and reclaiming what’s most important. This includes aspects of myself along with dreams that were set aside in the busyness of life.
And we do that don’t we?
We set things aside, compromise our values, accommodate the desires of others’, and slowly over time we forget about the dreams that set our souls on fire.
Until life rocks the boat with death, illness, blows to career and ego; so many crisis points doing a number on our spirit.
This year of living 50 began with a tangle of emotion:
love, anticipation, sadness, appreciation, excitement…swirling together to create a new state, one I didn’t quite have a name for.
It included the surprise and delight of celebrating with friends and family.
And beauty, always beauty.
I’m keenly aware and appreciative of the people, thoughts, and words that have shaped my life. What I’m not always aware of is how my life and words impact the lives of others, because like you, I have my blindspots.
The truth is, we all touch each others’ lives in some way.
Which is why the quote I started with makes so much sense to me.
Day by day, things are shifting and changing, and one day you wake up and everything’s different.
It can happen unconsciously or by choice.