Today I am 63 years old, and I look back over a year that took me by surprise. None of us knows what lies ahead, and the Universe decided to use a sledgehammer to remind me of that truth over the past 12 months.
A year ago I was:
- a workaholic, juggling many different sets of responsibilities at my job.
- a person who got little exercise and who weighed more than I liked.
- glued to a computer screen for almost my entire day.
- feeling isolated much of the time.
- dabbling in mindfulness meditation, but without a practice.
- surprisingly healthy and prone to occasional feelings of well being, given all of the above.
Today I am:
- retired, and loving it. I feel no guilt at all about not showing up to work any more!
- a person with stage IV cancer.
- a person who is significantly more active. I go for a walk every day, and in general try to stay on my feet.
- still a lover of the computer and the smart phone, but not as tied to them.
- overwhelmed by the love of so many people.
- a person with a mindfulness meditation practice - although every practice can be strengthened.
- surprisingly healthy and prone to more frequent feelings of peace and well being, given all of the above.
Whatever happens in the next year, I will be fine.
And now I’m heading out the door to join my family for the wedding of my nephew, which is a celebration of Life - all our lives and all of our stories, including my own.