I was born on this day 52 years ago, in Naples, Florida.
During that half-century-plus, I have been, at various times and for various durations: contented, discontented; stressed, calm; impoverished, comfortable; career-obsessed, unemployed; a student, a teacher; living in big cities, living in suburbs; happily single, unhappily single; unhappily coupled, happily coupled; overweight, fit and trim; close to family members, distanced from family members; smiling, frowning; crying, laughing.
But always, always eager to embrace life and what it may bring.
These are just a few of the things I don't know: Who will be the next president (though I sure have my hopes about that!); what my next job will be; whether my current relationship will last; how much longer my parents will live; when I will be able to retire in comfort; where my journey will take me from here.
Here are some of the things I DO know: Every day of my life has led me to this exact place and time, just as it should be. The true measure of success is how many loved ones you gather, not how much wealth. You get what you give. And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make (credit: The Beatles).
Here's to the next part of the journey ....