Brad, Pepper, Andy, Sid, Steve 1985

I’m at the stage of life now where I find myself reminiscing about the past. It’s sometimes  called a “life review” and is what many people do as they age. I remember happy events in my life but then I notice that I get sad because those events and people have come and gone and I can’t get them back. I was thinking about my kids yesterday, remembering them as little children. It made me sad to think that I can never interact with them as small children again. I miss their little giggles, funny faces, cuddles, and learning together. I also miss being with them every day. As I checked in with my emotions, an epiphany hit me:  Why be sad about sweet memories because we can’t go back? Why not enjoy the memory and appreciate the experience as an enriching, joyful, unique blessing? I began to smile and feel all the joy of sharing my life with those four awesome beings. A wave of gratitude engulfed me.  I know I have said this before but here I go again: I am a blessed woman! It is exhilarating to connect with a memory and just enjoy it instead of losing myself in sadness for what was. Sure I miss my little ones, but missing them should not get in the way of totally enjoying my memories of them and being thankful for them. This experience was also a great reminder to me to live fully in the present moment every day.  Now I enjoy and love my kids as adults, and appreciate the joy of having grandchildren. This is a great stage of life. Bring on the memories!


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