As one of the qualifying Baby Boomers…I am about to enter what I am calling the BOTT (or, the bottom of the third) of my life. I know, good sports’ analogy, right? I am excited! I know the bases are loaded and I’m psyched. In my head, I am still young, funny, athletic, and bright. Then I look in the mirror and realize painfully that one fourth of those is gone. Yup, you know it’s the first one. Well, three quarters of a whole isn’t all that bad. I can still remember staying up all night, rock concerts, and mini skirts being the mainstay of my life… as if it was yesterday. Many of you can share in this. If you can’t, then you certainly have your own several things that will be carried with you as the fondest of memories for the rest of your life. When you’re young, you’re cool. When you’re older, you rule. I made up that phrase just now, but it’s a good one, I think.
For many years, I raised my own children (and many others as well) within my classroom walls. It was a prideful thing when I knew that it was a job well done. Now, my adventure(s) will be just for myself and those whom I love. It is not nearly so important that “everyone” like me in the bottom of the third as it used to be. It is more important that I continue to work on being pleased with myself and my efforts as a human being. In this third, I still have much to learn. Each day, I am aware just how Blessed I have been. True, there are as many lows as there are highs, but I get to actually feel every one. Hopefully, I have grown from each test and challenge. Some of my own life negatives and positives, I write about. It is done so in the hopes that many will realize they are not alone.
I write about things that I believe we as human beings have in common with each other. It has become so apparent over the years that at the end of our times here on Earth, each of us will have experienced as many days of happiness as days of sorrow. It is dealt to each of us differently and in different periods of our existence, but it’s equality at its best. In spite of outward perceptions, no one has it all! When I was younger, I didn’t “get that” but I sure do now in the BOT. Recently, it was made known to me that what I write is “huge” in other countries. I didn’t understand why! But, upon closer examination, I realized that I could say/ write things in America, that perhaps, were not able to be said (revealed) in other areas of the world. Again, is this part of the plan of my life? I believe so.
There are so many wonderful people that I encounter in all aspects of my life. Each one has a different story, yet each has an unseemly parallel to each other. My heart is filled with such good feeling towards my fellow man and grows with each passing day. It’s easier to love they neighbor, than to hate them. People are wonderful and each day I learn something new that enriches me. My guess is that all these realizations I am experiencing are part of God’s greater plan during our visit here on Earth.
As I enter the BOTT, I do so with strong conviction and solid goals. I may not look exactly the same, my body may have a few aches and pains, but life is better than it’s ever been.