First, I have to confess that I totally forgot my birthday was yesterday. Well, I didn’t actually forget because I knew it was October 2nd, but for some reason I thought that October 2nd was NEXT week. And I discovered my mistake when a customer came into my store on Monday and mentioned something about her birthday being October 3rd, and said to her, “Hey, that is so ironic because my birthday is next week too, it’s October 2nd.” Whereupon she said, “ Um…no, your birthday is THIS week. It’s Thursday.
So yeah, that’s one of the things I've learned in my 59 years. You start to FORGET.
- I forget what month and week it is.
- I forget what I need at the grocery store.
- I forget to take my umbrella on a rainy day.
- I forget peoples’ names. (*note: I think people should be required to wear name tags.)
- I forget to take my reading glasses off before I step into a running hot shower.
- I stand in the hallway of my apartment building and wait for an elevator and wonder why the hell it’s taking so long to get to my floor, when I suddenly realize that I FORGOT to press the elevator button.
- And the worst - I walk into a room and then forget WHY I walked in there.
Yes, forgetfulness is one of the things that come with age.
But do you know what? There are so many wonderful things too.
- I’ve stopped worrying about everything because I’ve been through so many highs and lows in my life and I've survived. And not just survived, but learned something.
- I’ve stopped fretting over whether people like me.
- I’ve learned to take more chances.
- I’ve learned to trust myself.
- I’ve realized that life is not about living with a sense of urgency and a direct route, it’s about taking detours; remaining curious and open; embracing change; going with the flow.
- And I’ve learned that no matter how old I am, I must never lose my sense of childlike fun and silliness, and laugh.
I can truthfully say that I love my life and who I am. I am grateful for my past – my childhood years, my teen years, and my mid-life years – because they taught me many things and brought me to where I am today.