So yesterday was the birthday! You know that special birthday that comes at some point in your life, that makes you say ‘Damn I am Old’! What the hell happened? What happened to that ‘Whole life ahead of you thing’?
I don’t want to dwell on the past cause for one, it’s in the past, and two, regardless of what I have learned from it, it’s still in the past and I can’t change it at this point. Would I change anything if I had the ability? I would like to think so, but I don’t know. It seems circumstances find their way into our life and depending on your own state of mind, we respond positively, negatively, our indifferently and that’s when the critique starts. So I think I would rather not go back. Just accept it for what it is and move on.
The only question that matters now is’ What am I going to do with the rest of my life’? I don’t know about you, but every time I look around I see a ton of work that needs to be done. Young people who need a role model or mentor, a teacher, a counselor or just a friend. I see people my own age that haven’t been as lucky and could use a hand, a friend or just a smile. I see animals that need attention, caring and love. Neighbors, friends, families, without joy, happiness or hope.
Everywhere I go, I see cities struggling to make our streets safe, our schools funded and accredited, dealing with transportation for all citizens and tearing down buildings for parking lots. It’s crazy! There seems to be so much need to bring people together, to get people to talk to each other, make compromises and get things done. As for our public officials, our public servants? I don’t know what half of them are talking about or how they expect anyone to get anything done on any level without setting an example on how we should all work together for the greater good, but that’s not my arena.
So what about me? What is it that I plan to do with the life I have before me? I don’t know, I suppose that as long as I am healthy or at least mobile, I will probably keep doing what I have been doing most of my life. Looking for that happy spot. That balance between work, family, relaxation and civic duty. I am pretty lucky really, my family loves me, they generally support my ideas and they even like me most of the time.
So for now anyway, I will keep greeting the early morning with relief and appreciation of another chance to do something, no matter how small, to make this space a better place to live for myself and for someone else. How about you? What are you going to do with the rest of your life?