I began dreading my 30th birthday when I turned 26.
I began celebrating my 40th birthday when I turned 36.
I think about dinner wine at breakfast.
I think about bathing suits in the winter.
I've already booked my yearly birthday trip to Charlottesville. It's not until October.
I'm consumed with thoughts of my empty nest and my kids aren't even that close to leaving me.
I spend so much time looking ahead that I forget to enjoy what is going on right now. What is going on now?
I finally have a job that I enjoy. I work with people that I respect and that respect me.
I have two kids that are healthy and smart and make me smile everyday.
I am in a relationship that is real.
Even though I'm part of a corporate machine I am still able to indulge my creative side with the writing and singing.
I have a pretty good thing going on RIGHT NOW.
I found this quote in my 2009 calendar on January 8th and it sort of sums it all up:
Happy people know that regardless of what happened yesterday, last month, years ago--or what might happen later today, tomorrow, or next year--now is the only place where happiness can actually be found and experienced.