Wow! It’s already November? Where has this year gone already? Crazy how time flies!!! The days may go slow somedays, but the years have been flying by recently! I’ve now got 2 of my kids in college (yikes), with another one to follow in a year and a half as she’s currently a junior in HS and my son is in 8th grade currently! The thought of this makes me feel old! What makes me feel even older is the fact that I turned 50 this month! Yes – I guess I am officially old now. LOL But honestly, you’re only as old as you feel – or in my case – as young as I feel! 🙂 It’s literally just a number.
I have learned over this year especially, to enjoy all the moments in life – even the hard, messy, heart-breaking ones – because it makes us who we are! With age comes wisdom – I truly believe that! All the things that we all thought were so important when we were younger tend to hold little value as we age. My family, faith and friends guide me daily on this path of mine. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still looking for the next adventure around the corner – and I always will – but I’ve also taken stock in my life and feel content. I feel happy and accomplished. There are of course days that I get everything wrong – LOL – but that’s what makes life so exhilarating – the unknown of it all.
This month we also obviously celebrate Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Day – two very monumental & different holidays! We are all very fortunate to have our freedom in the US and have all the personnel in all of the branches of the military to thank for that! I for one do not take that for granted. My dad and his dad and the many generations back in our family were all in the military; as was my mom’s dad and my husband’s dad… It is humbling to know the many sacrifices that have been made for our generation. (…and to also NOT know all the sacrifices that have been made because those conversations are very difficult ones for ex-military personnel to have…)
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to sit back and reflect on all the things that the year has given us so far. For some, it may be a time that they don’t want to celebrate as it brings back memories they’d rather not remember, or love ones that they may have lost around this time of year. But overall – I find myself giving thanks to those individuals around me and reminiscing of loved ones – past and present. It gives us a chance to be thoughtful and celebrate those who we love – often through an abundance of food! LOL There is much to be thankful for in this world – sometimes you just have to look for it.
I hope you were able to pause and enjoy the thoughtfulness of the season in November. With the ever-looming Pandemic and new variances that pop up seemingly everyday now, there is no time like the present to just remember the “why” in everyday life. I challenge you as we move forward into the beginning of yet another new year, to reach out to loved ones and friends and strangers alike. Offer a helping hand in anyway that one may need. I will always try to be thankful and giving throughout my daily busy life.