Another year has passed. No it's not New Year's Day, it has been the anniversary of my birth. I was born one year too early to be counted among the "baby boomers" since it was 1944. Yep, that makes me sixty-eight! Not ashamed to admit it, in fact, I'm kinda proud to have made it this far.
This has been the year that I developed a deep spirituality while hiking in the woods. I call hiking the act of entering the Temple of the Tall Trees. I am grounded and centered while in the woods. It doesn't matter if it is the flat terrain of Cooper North or the challenge of the Pimiteoui. I get some of that same feeling when practicing Tai Chi. I need to practice more often!
This year brought the birth of my fourth grandchild. A beautiful little girl named Brianna. She joins Angie, Evren and Milo as the lights of my life.
This was the year that my oncologist said I didn't need to see him anymore. Fifteen years cancer free! I went into a state of panic. I reminded him that he is the one that orders my other annual tests, biannual bone scan and my two prescriptions. I was relieved to be scheduled for next year. I don't care if I am seen by the Nurse Practitioner, it is reassuring to be in the office.
This was the year that I attended my 50th class reunion. Fifty years since I graduated high school. It does not seem possible! I have made contact with some classmates through Facebook, but others I had not see for fifty years! It was good to see people again.
This was the year that I joined the Riverplex. Had I known how much I enjoy going to the gym, I might have joined long ago. I do believe that things happen when they are meant to happen. This was my time. Since August 1st, I have missed three days. Once I was out of town and twice, I was "under the weather", Many days, I go more than once. I'm back in my "skinny jeans" and feel great!
This was the year that I kept my commitment to volunteer at PAWS if I found that I did not have to go back to work. I look forward to Friday mornings walking the dogs.
I have so much to be grateful for, and I am!