A happy thing happened to me last week. A young man asked to see my ID before he would allow me to purchase alcohol. I almost climbed over the counter and kissed him right in the face. I suppressed the feeling but it made me smile all the same.
I do realize that this same young gentleman requested ID from everyone so this was not a testament to my youthful appearance. As I grow older, things tend to go away. Some of life’s possibility goes with it. For instance, I can no longer do the splits. And I was sure I could still do a handspring, tried, failed. This almost led to an emergency room visit. Needless to say, losing your spring and split is not the end of the world. But, I use to be able and now I cannot. Change happens for the better and the worse.
My appearance is a change that has taken some getting use to. In my youth, I considered myself attractive. I liked how I looked then. And, if I would have known what I know now, I would have looked longer with appreciation instead of seeing the flaws.
I am trying each and every day to appreciate how I look in the mirror now because it is constantly changing. I am ignoring the flaws and appreciating new gray hairs and laugh lines that were not present a short time ago. I am working hard at taking care of me. After nearly two decades of “kid-focused” choices, I have started to transition my attention back to me. My focus has become diet, exercise, timely doctor appointments and enjoying those moments in life that pass so quickly. Some times instead of photographing every moment, I leave my camera at home and I simply listen to my girls in the band or I watch them sleep in the car after a long drive.
I am really enjoying my journey this year. I am promising myself future adventures and I am learning all kinds of new things as I capture moments alone, with the girls, Ben and my circle of friends.
- Write a monthly thank you to someone who has had a big impact on my life
Give blood Spend an entire day completing random acts of kindness Grant a wish from my mom’s bucket list
- Get real with money
Say no and mean it and feel no guilt Ask for help with no guilt or delay Allow myself to be photographed more often
- Spend a weekend at the monastery
- Learn about other religions
Join my church as a member
- Lose 20 pounds
- Belly Dancing Class
- Pole Dancing Class
Body Cleanse and Detox Reflexology
- Learn to Bartend
- Learn to Grill
- Take an Improv Class
- Rock Climbing
- Hot Air Ballooning
Disc Golf Laser Tag
- Paint Ball
- Big Repairs on the house this year
Get a tattoo
- Have a reading by psychic
Go to the rodeo
- Grape Stomping–yes like the time Lucy and Ethel made wine
- Tandem biking
- Compete in an event at the State Fair
- Drive a convertible
Work for a flower shop and deliver flowers for a day Write a blog
- Read a new book each week
- Read all the books that my book club selects
Film Festival Music Festival Get a passport–the plan to travel out of the country begins..
- Road Trip alone…Thelma and Louise with no Louise…
- Stephen Colbert Show
Independent Bookstore Tour around the Midwest Facial Visit with a cosmetologist for a makeup makeover Join AARP Have a colonoscopy
The items that have been marked through are completed items.