Monday, June 18, 2012

The Chapters Of Our Lives

The chapters of our life stories can often be taken from the decades in which we have lived. I was a child of the 50’s, a time many considered idyllic. I came of age in the 60’s, a time that was turbulent and a time in which there were many substantial changes in our culture. In the 70’s I got a job, married a wife, bought a house, and became a parent. Most of the 80’s and 90’s were devoted to turning a job into a career and raising two boys into men. In the early 2000’s life changed for all of us because of 9/11. I also became a grandfather and I discovered I had a gift for writing and sharing feelings that many people have but cannot always articulate. Now it is 2012 and I am in a new chapter of my life. I am now in my 60’s and my aging seems accelerated even though I am trying to slow my life down by downshifting as much as I can. I feel like I am on the other side of the mountain but I am OK with that. While climbing up the mountain I feel I accumulated some wisdom and a little enlightenment. Life has been a tall mountain so I am not sure how long it will take me to get to the bottom of it. I am in no hurry because I am enjoying the ride now. It’s much easier because it is all downhill. Life is a journey and every step is important. How would you measure your life so far? What are the chapters of your life? Is the peak of your mountain in front of you or must you look over your shoulder to see it?

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