There are times in your life when you feel you are at a standstill while the world is busy passing you by. You just stand frozen and mesmerized at the organized chaos that is your life. Feeling detached from your own body, your soul looks at yourself and examines every inch and corner, every nook and cranny of your entire being.

Times Square, New York City

“How are you?”

“I haven’t been paying much attention to you lately… ”

You look at the grey hair (and there’s lots hiding underneath the black strands), the crow’s feet in the corners of your eyes, the sun spots and the annoying skin tags. You feel your body ache more than it used to although your mind still thinks you are 30! You stand back and see a girl, no, a woman, who has had some issues and challenges in her life. You see her still standing strong and hopeful. You give her a pat in the back. And then you give her THE GREAT BIG HUG. You can do a rain dance too, if you want.

St Augustine, Florida
St Augustine, Florida

Notwithstanding all these obvious signs of aging, you know that the grey hair represents wisdom to overcome stress in your day to day activities. You are blessed to have stress in your life, others do not have a life. They live like zombies, without love, without hope. You are blessed to have problems, that means, you are still alive and God wants you to trust in Him and His ways. The crow’s feet tells a story of the thousand smiles and laughters that have graced your face. That you have loved and lived is the greatest thing. The sun spots mean that you have been out in the world, enjoying what it has to offer, doing things you love. And those annoying skin tags? Well, it just tells you that you are getting old, along with the body aches and pains.

Looking at myself from the inside out, all the stories and emotions that I have experienced, I count myself blessed to have reached this far. I will not dwell on the past hurts and mistakes, as hard as it might be, but I will look ahead with faith and hope that everything will be alright.

“I am simply grateful.”

Clearwater Beach, Florida
Clearwater Beach, Florida

“Happiness isn’t about getting what you want all the time. It’s about loving what you have and being grateful for it.”

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