Where Does Time Go?

So today my odometer clicked over to 45. Where does the time go?

It has been a question I have been asking myself for some months now. Finding time is something that I am not very good at, but I hope that it is something that I can work on. For now, here is a summary of life that has been happening since my last check-in.

A big life event was my getting married to Chris in March. Our venue for the wedding was Vancouver, Canada, and after just a couple of days there, it is a place that we will definitely go back to.

Brothers, mother and sisterFollowing our wedding, we traveled to Australia to visit family and friends for a couple of weeks. We got to enjoy some time with my family at my aunt’s house in the country (where we had a lot of my family there). It was Chris’s first experience of a real country, fly-invading meal. It was amazing to see my nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles AND their children all in one place. We had such a good time, and I realized what an awesome family I really do have.

We took a short break and headed up to Palm Cove to relax, unwind, and snorkel the reef. I had been up that way before (though had never stayed in Palm Cove), and this was Chris’s first time. It was pretty amazing experience.

After returning to the land of US of A, we had a small reception for our wedding with our friends and family here in Dallas, and then started the count down to when our pool would be finished. (A blog post on our experience building the pool will be posted shortly.) Then life pretty much returned to semi-normality.

Chris has been traveling some, and work has been keeping me very busy. We launch our program in two new markets this coming year, so there has been a lot of preparation and we’ll continue to get ready for the launch of the new school year.

About a month ago, while walking the neighborhood, we found a cat, who has become “Max, the cat” and now lives with us. He is actually pretty sweet, if not a little demanding at times (so much for cats that were independent and left you alone). Max and Colby tend to get along reasonably well. We’ll see how that continues to work out.

Another year and one more number

Today is my birthday. I am 41.

As many of my friends email, facebook or twitter their birthday wishes to me, I got to thinking back (as one does from time to time) to the years that I have seen come and go in my past. I realized today that each year seems to be going by faster than the previous one, and the things that I hoped to do “when I was younger” either are no longer important, or I am getting to “that age” where these may not be an option to continue to pursue. Many of these “wish items” have been replaced with others, which have been achieved, and today I am in a better place than I was when I was younger (however many years that may have been).

I used to look at people who are my age (again when I was younger) and think that I’d never get to be that old. I also remember the first time that my mother made the announcement that “40 was the beginning of the best years of my life” (she has since made the same statement for 50, 60 and now 70). I wonder if that is what the “younger generation” think of me when I interact with them, even though I still think like a 20-something in many way.

I’m grateful that I have been able to be the person that I am today at the age of 41. I’ve definitely done a lot with my life, and I know there is a lot for me to continue to do. I’m also thankful for being able to spend my birthday with my best friend and partner, and of course our two pooches (neither of whom know what a birthday actually is).

So why the post? Not really sure, apart to say thank you to all my friends and family for your birthday wishes. Your friendship and love have made the last 41 years a joy, and I’m looking forward to at least another 41. Maybe I need to start that book before the life becomes a passing memory.