Yesterday I turned fifty five. I now qualify for a Seniors discount at Zellers, Rona and Denny's. Ten percent off is nothing to sneeze at!
My reverend and I had tickets to the Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match but it was cancelled because of a soaking wet pitch. Not to be left home sulking we headed out to take a peek through the PNE prize home. Each year at the Pacific National Exhibition a fabulous house is built on site and a lucky someone wins it at the end of the fair. The house was grand. I shall buy my requisite tickets at the end of August, closer to the draw.
From the prize home we made our way to Robson Street to window shop. We walked and I was overcome by all the incredible summer sales. We had to buy something. Look at all the money we'll save. Look at these deals!!!! My reverend strolled patiently beside me ever the calming force. I was noticing many were wearing some pretty groovy gumboots. Very necessary for Vancouver rain. My beloved found and bought me a pair. Gumboots in July! Woohoo!
|My new groovy gumboots!|
By early evening we arrived at a lovely restaurant where my daughter and her friend met us for my birthday dinner. The girls and I shared a bottle of one of my favorite wines; Freudian Sip from Therapy Vineyards. Delicious! Naturally we had some food as well.
At some point during the evening, most likely while we were waiting for the girls to arrive for dinner, my reverend asked: "What is the most significant thing you've learned in fifty five years?"
"I haven't learned 'it' yet," was my pithy response. Upon further reflection, I realized that indeed I have learned many valuable truths, ideas, things, along my journey. Here are ten, in no particular order.
Ten Significant Things I've Learned in Fifty Five Years of Life:
- Relationships are important and do not develop on their own. They take time and effort.
- I'm not always right and that's OK!
- Sometimes it's better to shut up and walk away.
- People will not always understand me. I can live with that.
- My children need me just as much now as they did when they were babies. Often that need is to pray. (Refer also to number 3.)
- My faith; my God is unwavering and sustaining. His faithfulness is new every morning.
- Wisdom can come from the unexpected.
- Save for retirement, but don't beat yourself up if today gets in the way.
- Marry someone who you adore and who adores you!!!!!
- I have so much more to learn.