We love to celebrate birthdays in our family. The celebration may not always include a huge party. Cake, candles, ice cream, and presents, however, are guaranteed! Although we see birthdays as a time to celebrate, they also serve as a time for reflection.
This past December I celebrated my 50th birthday…50 years! That sounds like such a long time, tho it doesn’t necessarily feel that way. Truth is, the passing of time seems to increase in speed with each year. I have found this particularly true during the high school and college years of my children. On many occasions I’ve been know to say, “Time is flying by, and I’m hanging on for dear life to its coattails!”
With this passing of time comes reflection. How have I grown as a person? Have I made progress in some area? What about my life has changed? Searching for answers to these questions often brings blurry pictures, making me uncertain of my growth. But I’m discovering that writing down my thoughts sometimes offers clarity. As my mom recently said, “Things do look different when put on paper.” Words of wisdom.
As I was preparing myself for my 50th birthday, and believe me it took a lot of mental preparation, I wrote the following poem. Hope you enjoy!
Yesterday I looked in the mirror
Life out in front
Today I looked in the mirror
Half of life behind
Tomorrow I will look in the mirror again
Where did life go?