AH! How did the years go by?
It was when I went on vacation, this summer, it struck me, that being 26 is actually not that young. I had cousins brothers getting married at the age of 23! But here is the best remedy – Listen to Jane Fonda. She is 80 going on 35 something and she has the most amazing things to say about aging.
How was 26 for me?
It was a roller coaster. I took a sabbatical, went on a 6 month holiday to visit my family & I did all this:
– visited Disney & Universal in Florida
– Sang “Take me home, Country Roads” while passing through West Virginia (because ‘Almost Heaven, West Virginia… West Virginia, mountain mamma)
– Sang “Die A Happy Man” while passing through Georgia (because ‘And if I never get to build my mansion in Georgia’)
– Went on the tallest roller coaster in the world, Kingda Ka at Six Flags, New Jersey
– Danced a lot, sang a lot more
– Coffee, Donuts and long drives with my aunt & uncle. I was never a coffee person! Neither a donut person.
– Won about 4 games of bowling (never happened before!)
– Met Pearley Maaney (she is such a huge inspiration!)
– Spent too many hours of transit in different airports (between 4 hours to 11 hours)
– Had too many cups of chai at small stall till it began to hurt
– Spent nights in the hospital, talking about life & everything wonderful
– Had exclusive conversations about philly cheesesteak, loaded baked potatoes, donuts, crisps, popcorns…
I cannot really remember the other hundred things I did!
There were many downs too
– My dear friend lost her husband
– My great uncle passed away
– My aunties lost their fathers.
It is not easy. They were wonderful people and they will always be missed.
What did I learn?
1. That my heart will always be elsewhere because of knowing people in more than one place.
2. That when my heart feels too heavy, I get to notice a beautiful sunset & that’s God’s way of reminding everything is A- OK!
3. For relationships to succeed, there is a necessity of some dialogue & it’s not a small job..
4. About Memories – If you try to recreate it, the essence is lost. So, let it be & move on.
5. I learned that there will be only 1 or 2 people that are like us. While it’s easy to make friends of similar interests, it is difficult to like someone who does not agree with us. But here is the thing, ‘there is always something to learn from the perspective of others, even when doing so might be difficult’ – Zachary R Woods
6. That it’s harder to be kind than clever….
7. To ask pain what it wants to deliver. Something new wants to be born.
8. To ask our body all the time, if it’s okay and if it’s been taken care of because that is where our soul resides
9. That one day, we’ll lie still and there won’t be any more words. So these days, I am working on thanking God loudly for this life because how long do we have?
I agree with Jane Fonda “A more appropriate metaphor for aging is a staircase. The upward ascension of human spirit bringing us into wisdom, wholeness & authenticity”
Honestly, I cannot put a whole year on this blog and so I have written, only those things which I remember. There was so much more and I hope to update them as and when I remember.
Image – Breakfast at Cracker Barrel! It’s just the perfect place for some good food and country songs.