Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I have posted. I’d like to change that but I can’t make any promises!
Today, I have decided to write about something that I have been thinking about for a while now. What better time to do so than on my 49th birthday!
I am discovering that as we grow older we have to adjust to the many changes that are occurring in our life. I’m not a Spring chicken anymore! My body is not capable of some of the things I did when I was younger. My mind is not as sharp as it used to be. I’m not able to fight off sickness as easily as I used to.
I’m not saying that I am old and decrepit! I believe that you are only as old as you think you are but I also realize that you have to realize just how old you are sometimes also.
Which brings me to my next point. With all these changes that are going on in my life, it’s time for me to make some adjustments to compensate for those changes. Where I used to be able to do 10 things at a time, now I may have to limit it to only 5 things. Why? I need to limit the amount of stress in my life. I think the biggest problem I have had in the last few years is that I have had so much stress upon me. Some of it is just from growing older and some of it is because of me doing to much and thinking I can still keep up with the same pace I have always maintained.
I have to make some changes in my life. Will they be drastic? I don’t think so. I talked with my wife today and the topic was simply that I wanted to start taking time to enjoy life. I’m spending way too much time trying to do too much and I’m not able to enjoy anything I am doing because I have no time to.
So, in the next few weeks I will begin to try to make some of those changes. My plan is to try to lay a foundation for success in 2012 by limiting the number of things I have going on in my life. Work, bills, taxes and such like can’t really be controlled but things such as couponing, genealogy, time spent on the computer or watching TV can be controlled.
It is my plan to try to find a balance in all these things. I don’t need to be an extreme couponer, just a person who saves enough to make his budget a little easier to maintain! I don’t need to try to find my roots all the way back to the Garden of Eden, I just need to find what I can, one generation at a time and make sure that I document what I have found. I don’t need to mend all the bridges I have burned in the past, I just need to fix what I can one at a time!
I am so thankful for the 49 years I have been given so far. I’ve been blessed beyond measure! I could have never imagined having such a loving wife. I’m proud of my children, even though they do have a lot of growing up left to do. I just have to learn to be patient with them and let them make mistakes so that they can learn from them! I’m thankful for my grandson and all that God has brought him through in this past year.
I don’t know what the future holds for me. All I do know is that I want to learn to take the time to enjoy whatever it does bring me. I am confident that it will not be more than I can bear.
Times like today I really miss my Daddy! We never had a really close relationship but I did respect him. Now that my children are older I can relate to how he felt. I could really use some advice from him on that subject now! I don’t feel like a failure, I just feel like I need answers and I can’t really seem to find them.
Oh my, I find myself rambling! Suffice it to say that among the many changes that will occur I will soon be writing more often on my blog. Why? Because it is important for me to stay in touch with my family and I plan on using this blog as a tool for doing so. I’m not a phone person so I don’t make calls to everyone everyday. I do love to write and I look forward to writing many messages and sharing my life with my family and my many friends!
Thanks for bearing with me today. I hope you will stick around and see how these things work out for me!