This past Saturday I turned 32. I know, I know 32 is not really old, but still I feel ancient sometimes. Like I can’t believe I lived this long. Really, though I do not feel 32 or at least how I expected to feel at 32. When you are younger you have an idea of how you’d like your life to play out, but it never does. At least, I’ve never met a person who successfully obtained their ideal childhood dream life to a “T”.
Anyway, I planned on writing this big post about my Birthday and post a bunch of pictures but, the more I thought about it, I felt it was more important to focus on how life transitions unexpectedly. Life is all about experiences, whether they are good or bad, each molds us into who we are today and continues to do this for the rest of our lives.
We all tend to focus on the negative aspects of aging. Our bodies aren’t as strong, we have unexplained aches and pains, and the worst of all, wrinkles. We try our hardest to avoid the realty that everything is going to change some day and by doing this we start to take people and things for granted. It is important to remind ourselves of the possibility that our lives may change in an instant and the most rewarding part of life is that we get to experience it.
I struggle with accepting change. Specifically, I have had so many people come in and out of my life that have changed me for the better. I get all nostalgic when thinking of them and wish that they were still apart of my life. Some have passed on, others have moved into a new chapter of their lives, and there are a few that I still speak to sporadically because we swore we’d keep in touch.
While I am saddened by the loss of some of them I am still very thankful. I am even thankful of those who were a part of negative chapters of my life.
Someone told me a saying that has stuck with me for years; “it is what it is.” Meaning, you just have to accept things for what they are worth. This is the most important thing I’ve learned in the past 32 years.
As Robert Frost said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.”
And, ending on a not so serious note, here are a few pictures from my Birthday weekend.
Husband said the magic word, “kitties!”
The BEST chocolate peanut butter cake.
$70 shoes from DSW for $15. Yay for Birthday coupons!
And yes, I did get my purse!