Tomorrow is my birthday and as I reflect on my life, I have so many thoughts swirling in my head.
Compared to many, I have lived a life of luxury, compared to others, my life was poverty.
So what does this mean?
It means simply this. Life is all about perspective.
How I see my life is a combination of both perspectives. Although I have been very blessed and have almost always had a roof over my head and a car to drive, it has never been a glamorous house or luxury car. Some people could not make this statement because they have not always had these things.
I have worked since I was 15 and can honestly say I’ve never had anything just handed to me. But I have had so much help along the way that I can’t say I’ve done it all by myself. I’ve gained trust and respect and created a network of friends that have became family.
I am fortunate to have all three of my kids and six out of nine grandchildren live close enough to me that I can see them anytime I want.
Being able to watch my grandbabies grow has been one of my greatest blessings. The youngest who is 20 months old this week has lived with me since he was born and makes me laugh daily with his cuteness.
Although I have had so many experiences, I know there are many more experiences to be had. When I was young I couldn’t wait to be forty. For some reason that was a significant age for me.
Little did I know that forty was to be the year I became a grandmother for the first time.
Now my new age is one hundred and eight. I tell anyone that will listen, I plan on living to that age. Since I am turning Fifty-four tomorrow, July 15th, I am halfway there.
The first half of my life was about learning and growing. Although I still have much to learn and hopefully I will never stop growing, I hope to use the second half of my life to just experience.
I look forward to exploring and traveling. Building new relationships and watching my family create their lives.
I am curious as to what kind of careers my grandbabies will choose. There is such a variety of talent amongst them.
How about you?
What is your perspective of where you are in life compared to where you want to be?
This weeks challenge is to look at your perspective. Does it line up with other people’s perspective?
Do you want it to? Do you want to see yourself as others see you? Or do you wish you were different than how people see you?
Are you working towards goals that are going to reflect what you see when you think about ‘The rest of your life?’ If not what do you need to do to work towards those goals?
Take some time to ask people how they see you. Listen without judgement. Accept compliments when they come and if someone tells you something about yourself that could use some work, figure out how to work on it.
Humans are ever changing. It’s not a bad thing as long as the changes are helping you to grow and not taking you backwards.
I am so looking forward to my birthday. Not because I want presents or that I am having a big celebration.
I am looking forward to being able to say I have made it to my personal halfway mark. I am honestly happy to share my age because to me it’s a priviledge to have another year on this earth to create the life I want.
So here’s to birthdays. Mine, and all of yours, who are reading this. I hope this week is full of challenges that help you grow.
Face it…..Challenge it….Conquer it.