today is my 32nd trip around the sun. thirty-two. it’s interesting to view myself at this age, an age that seemed so far away, nearly impossible to reach when i was a child. and now here i am, living it, feeling wholly grateful for every year i’ve had the opportunity to experience.
i can’t say this is where i expected to be in my life at this age. to be honest, i never really put too much thought into it. married? yes. and that’s about it. my present self is relieved that my past self didn’t have too many expectations for her future self. the freedom has allowed me to evolve naturally, to discover things as i go, without any pretensions. and for that, i feel like i’ve become me.
in honor of the first day of this new year, i celebrate everything it was and continues to be for the next few hours:
waking to my own rhythm, in the mountains, next to g.
solo breakfast, reading.
long walk on the trail along the Merced river with g and the pup.
an outdoor snack under a canopy of trees.
sitting by the fireplace, warm.
and later, dinner and champagne. bubbles, always.
a frigid walk to the cabin, down comforter prepared.
a good night’s sleep, rested and heart-filled.
here’s to what’s to come, whatever that is, wherever it may be. here’s to even more becoming.