In less than an hour, I will be another year older...
Am I bothered? Nah. I still have a few good years left, right? Heck, from what I've been told the best years have yet to come. Do I miss my youth? Yes, and no. Does it bother me when my mom, bless her hairstylin' heart, tells me that I am getting grays? Well, YEAH! I was looking closely at my skin the other day. I have these fancy new contacts made especially for astigmatism and let me tell ya, I could've done without them. Never feeling very attractive in my youth, I was pleased only by my complexion ~ I never had pimples. Never. Okay, maybe one. But that was what I heard all the time.
"Michelle, your skin is so soft and silky!"
Dang those contacts. Reminds me of an Aerosmith song... You know the one.
Okay, enough self deprecation here...
I really am more than fine with it. Sure, I joke around with people and pretend to agonize over another year added on, but I truly enjoy getting a bit older and wiser. I see things SO much more clearly now than I did say, ten or fifteen years ago. Even when I am down, really down, I understand why. I know that there are choices, and that I have courage and strength that I didn't have (or didn't yet realize I had) back then. I feel that I have a lot more respect from my colleagues now than I did when I started 8 years ago. I know that life is short, and I appreciate it so much more.
So... Looking ahead, I know that there will be ups and downs, as there always are. What I know now ~ that I didn't know then ~ is that I can embrace those moments. I can learn from them. I can grow. Even older. And smile all the while.
I am so thankful for all the gifts in my life. I plan to remain thankful, take nothing for granted, and smile just a little more often this year.
A special thank you must be given to my sweet friend, Lisa Jo, who sent me a beautiful birthday card in the mail. WHAT A NICE, UNEXPECTED SURPRISE! Thank you, for warming my heart and brightening my day! I truly am blessed!!
Wishing you all a week full of smiles and reasons for thankful prayers.