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Reflections from my 52nd year.

Always when I'm embarking on another trip around the sun, I reflect on things I've learned, things I've experienced, and ways I've changed. This has been a pretty intense year. I began it in recovery from pancreatic cancer surgery. Went back to work although it was part time and a struggle. Got Covid December 26. 1 of my closest friends from high school died Jan 15 and rocked my world, her death shook me to my core. Alex and I drove Natasha to Canada. We drove Natasha on our epic Route 66 trip. Came home and 1 of my best friends I've known for 25 years passed away. My world tilted off its axis. My ability to do day to day things diminished. I was at such a loss. My heart still aches. Yevette passed away August 12. She was a big part of my life in various ways over the years. And my precious daughter got engaged. So I had a very large Engagement Party for them, we met his family, and ended the night with a 10 year old bottle of sake Meghan got for me in Japan.

Between the cancer and the losses this is what I've learned:

  1. The people who matter need to know they matter - tell them, better yet, show them.

  2. Life really is short - live it!

  3. Find what makes you happy, and do it.

  4. Don't be afraid to take a leap of faith.

  5. Always look up - God gets us through it all!

This is what changed:

  1. When I'm tired, I rest - it's good for the mind and body.

  2. I am learning to put my fears aside and pursue my dreams.

  3. It's important to support and encourage each other - I don't know where I'd be without the support I've received over the past year.

  4. You have to trust the process - the healing, the steps - everything doesn't happen overnight!

  5. I want to be happy, to be adventurous - not tomorrow, not when it's convenient, but now. I need to make room for my dreams today, because tomorrow is NOT guaranteed.

I'm grateful for the opportunity to put another candle on my cake, to take another trip around the sun. Be grateful for the years, the experiences, the loves - take nothing for granted, savor all that good stuff!

Stay happy, healthy, and crazy!

Love CrazyLady! 🌻


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