I turn 50 this weekend – another milestone in this journey called life. And what an adventure this life has been! As I reflect upon half a century of life on this Earth, I am thankful for all that I have: a family I adore, a life so full of experiences that most people only read about, and friends…dear friends.
We are made up of bits and pieces - the family we grew up in, the friends we have had relationships with, the experiences we’ve had. I don’t say it enough, but I love my family: my parents, obviously, for bringing me into this world, bringing me up, for the sacrifices they’ve made to make sure that we were all provided for. It sounds clichéd but being a parent has made me realize how tough & never-ending this “job” is - sleepless nights, tough decisions made, sacrifice, anxiety, elation, mistakes and love, so much love.
I am thankful for friends who have remained steadfast through the years no matter how long or far apart we have stayed, they are the ones with whom I can pick up where we left off as if I was never gone. I am thankful for the new friends I’ve made in our semi-nomadic life, living in four different countries in the last few decades. I have learnt that a) you’re never too old to make good friends, b) friends come in many shapes, sizes, colors & backgrounds, and c) no matter who or where we are & where we come from, fundamentally, deep down inside, we all want the same things in life: love, & good health for our families & ourselves.
I am even thankful for those used-to-be good friends who have since drifted away; whether due to family or work commitments or just the fact that priorities change as life situations change, I want to say thank you for your friendship in the past.
Many people ask if I have any regrets in taking the path I have taken. I can’t say that I have. If I had known then what I know now, I probably would have chosen a different field of study, or made different decisions or taken different actions. But as they say, hindsight is always 20-20, and I DIDN’T know then what I know now. So whatever paths taken & forks in the path chosen were done so for the right reasons at the time. So, no… no regrets.
Because my family & friends are scattered throughout the globe, I have decided to celebrate not my 50th birthday, but my 50th year - a series of celebrations with loved ones whenever the opportunity arises in whichever country I happen to be in. 50.1 & 50.2 have already taken place in the USA. I look forward to the rest!