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I have this friend. You know the one. She's outspoken. She does her own thing. She doesn't really worry about rules that are silly and she'll tell you that. She's beautiful. That balance in life between work and home? She has it. She seems...at peace completely with who she is. So naturally I pose this question...How does she do it?!?
She told me her secret. Today I'm going to tell it to you.
(Lean in here please...it's a secret!)
In My Best Whisper Voice: She turned 37.
Yep. That's it.
I've been reflecting a lot on wisdom and aging. Not because I feel old, but because I'm watching the young right now. The ones emerging from their parents' nests. And more than once I've had to bite my tongue from screaming out, "You Shouldn't Do That!" "You can't afford that!" "Don't do that either!"
And then I stop and wonder, how did I get so sure of myself?
Truth: I'm not. I'm quite sure I don't know anything.
But since I've turned 37 I find myself feeling at peace with some things myself. My Beautiful Friend told me that when she turned 37, she too became at peace with some things. Here are mine:
My running. I'm so thankful I still can. It has been a winding road, but I've learned that a time does not define me. Just keep running.
My household/stuff/things. Some are awesome to have. Truth is--we don't really need much of what we have at all! We have plenty. This one took awhile, because geographically we live in an area where people have financial wealth. Stuff is everywhere. I actually spent spring break trying to throw out 1/2 of the 'things' we have. (Except the books. Let's not get crazy here.)
The need to be heard/perceived as right publicly, especially in work. We are all wired so differently with our life stories, and they all matter. When we see things differently, it's okay. We keep doing what's best for kids in the end.
My Faith and Sharing it with People. Don't worry, it's not my intention to start pushing. But I'm more comfortable with just telling my story and praying people know how much they are Loved. My parents came to Faith later in life (a slice for tomorrow) and so I know it's a journey.
I'm comfortable with who My People are. Who gets my time and energy? What is important to spend time on? What makes a difference? This one was hard, because it meant saying "No" to lots of 'stuff'. It felt lonely for awhile and I felt like I was missing out. But when I get to say "Yes" to a committee/extra stuff/etc. it's so much more fun!
My Body. I am 37. Hormones get weird at this age. (Weird is my medical term...see yesterday's post.) But I take care of myself. I sleep, I am active, I eat pretty well. I'm doing the best I can. I know what I need to improve on. I can do that.
If you are still here, thanks for reading this lengthy post.
Let's celebrate 37!