A Milestone Year

Here we are, 2014, so far it feels a lot like 2013 and 2012 and so on and so on. I hear a lot about a new year, a new beginning, but is it really? What are we really going to change in 2014? Will we, as a nation, become more tolerant of different views on life happenings? Will we remember, as a nation, which claims to be Christian in nature and creation, that love is the greatest commandment of all? 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Will we remember, as one, to not judge? Matthew 7:1-3 Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2) For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. 3) Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
I readily admit I am as guilty as anyone else of passing judgment, of forgetting that love is the greatest commandment Jesus left us with.
I don’t believe in resolutions, those are too easily forgotten and left by the wayside. I do believe in change, we are creatures of change; it is human nature to go forth, explore, change our environment to meet our needs. So this year, I vow to change, I vow to judge less, love more and accept the differences that we all exhibit.
That does not mean I believe sin is ok and live and let live, it means that I will love in spite of sin in others as God loves me in spite of my own sin.
This year is going to be momentous in a personal way, I hit a milestone in my life, it is not a pleasant one. It is one where I must face my own mortality. When we are young we tend to think that we are invincible, that we are going to live forever. At least I did, the aging process within my own family was showing me that longevity was a given.
Then my grandmother died, it was then I realized I would one day as well, and while I know this sounds silly, I really hadn’t thought about it before. In my mind I was invincible, I would live forever, I would see the world change around me and be part of it. Her dying showed me that everything ends, and I would not be on this earth forever. It was life changing, that realization, it was devastating.
Now, as I quickly approach the half-century mark, I must face my aging process, my body no longer responds like it did when I was 20 or even 30. My mind is still sharp, but I have to wonder how long that will last, will I begin to lose my memory, will thoughts escape me. The thought is daunting; it overwhelms me at times, the thought of losing my mind.
All I know it that I can’t control what happens in the future, I can control my reactions, my preparations. I can gain control of my eating habits and begin mental exercises as well.
As I go through this life change, hitting a mark that makes me officially old, I refuse to become depressed, I will, instead celebrate it. I have survived these past 50 years, no matter what life threw at me, I endured, I persevered and at times I won. Now I look forward to the next 70 years, oh, did I not mention I am going to live until I am 120 years old?
I look forward to seeing what advances are made, I look forward to seeing my children continue to grow into the adults I am proud of. I look forward to seeing Tessa grow into her own and go through those difficult teenage years.
I look forward to see what adventures I will have with the Irishman and our “daughter” Stormie. I look forward to seeing the great things that will happen in the lives of my friends. I know God is going to do great things in their lives.
I look forward to seeing where I go in the media that I love so much, writing and my new love the radio.
Yes, this will be an interesting year indeed.

2 Replies to “A Milestone Year”

  1. dont forget your daughter is going to be a quarter old this year as well…..5 years from 30…… :'(”””””””””” (those are my tears)


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