As I move from 55 to 56 tomorrow, I do so with deep gratitude for all the years past, but more especially for this last year. It’s been a very different year, and not just because of the pandemic.
From 55 to 56
As crazy as this sounds, I feel like I finally grew up this year! Ha ha…yes, it’s true. Moving from 55 to to 56 involved learning to stand up for myself a lot better, walk away from people and things that no longer helped me grow and make deliberate choices for my own well-being.
The year also with it sorrow at the loss of our dear dog, Pablo. I never expected to be hit by such grief at his passing, but I was. Learning to accept that grief and made me realize that there was a lot more where that came from. I hadn’t mourned other losses in the way I should have. What saw me through is my commitment to my Morning Pages and my journaling. I discovered a lot more about the inner workings of my mind and heart and I made peace with parts of myself, I had ignored before.
This year, more than ever, I realized how short life is. I wasn’t about to waste it running things that didn’t matter. I focused on myself and my significant others and tried to live in the moment.
You have to remember one life, one death–this one! To enter fully the day, the hour, the moment whether it appears as life or death…requires only a moment, this moment.– Stephen Levine
Since January 2021, I’ve been working on my Word of the Year, which is ‘Yes’ and I find myself starting to say ‘yes’ to things that matter.
In the last few months, I’ve been focusing on learning and growth a lot more too and I can see that paying off in the choices I make on a day to day basis. I’m writing more. And slowly, reclaiming parts of myself that I had lost, with my spirituality being a big part of this.
Moving from 55 to 56 has been a meaningful and grace-filled experience.
Joining Kate Mataung for Five Minute Friday. Today’s prompt is : From