(excuse me, who let October in while my back was turned?)
I feel content and balanced.
This year has been one of serious growth with a serving of achievement thrown in the mix.
I feel that I've learnt so much about myself, my family and what really matters to me.
It's too bad Oprah hung up her couch 'cause I would love to jump around on it in my newfound joy!
Since my last 30th...
- I have ran a marathon. It probably escaped your attention as I don't like to bring it up - but I did. Run a marathon.
- I have finally introduced Magoo to my family and been a mother in the presence of my own mother.
- I have reconnected with my Dad and happily watched Magoo turn him to mush.
- Circumstances tested my marriage - and I'm (thankfully) still his wife and happier than ever.
- My baby turned into a kid. A kid with quite the temper. Which, ironically, has helped me curb mine.
- I was thrown in the deep end at work and have moved from survival backstroke to a relatively fluid style (even if my legs are still going hell for leather under the surface).
- I've reached a point of understanding and appreciation in my friendships. I truly 'get' the adage 'those who matter don't mind - and those who mind, don't matter.' I'm blessed with plenty that matter and I choose to focus on them.
- I've made some progress along the path of no longer constantly apologising for the way I live my life, instead throwing my energy into people and pursuits that are positive and healthy for me. A year ago the magnets that read 'I can only please a certain amount of people today and you're not one. Tomorrow's not looking good for you either" would have seemed quite rude. These days I think that's amusing. so much so, I bought one. For a colleague.
- I've travelled over(many)seas with a toddler and some serious luggage in tow.
- I've absolutely loved the tropical family holiday of a lifetime in paradise.
- I have delighted in marriages and births around me, wept with sorrow at illness and deaths.
- I've developed an 'online' space of my own and (virtually) met some pretty fabulous people.
- I've reached an age where it's perfectly acceptable to admit that I've forgotten the rest.
This aging gig really isn't as bad as The Rolling Stones and Meatloaf make it look.
So, happy unbirthday to you and happy birthday to me.