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Slice of Life: Keeping it Real on the Road #SOL19 #TWTBlog

Turning 50 has been tougher than I thought.

I pause giving my friend space to elaborate.  While our stride moves us forward it gives time to keep our minds in the moment to find the right words.

It means I have now lived more than half of my life.  I know there is still time, but I’m in the second half for sure.  I am aware that I have less time even though I don’t feel that way.

I realize I am holding my breath, which isn’t easy as we make our way up Heartbreak Hill.  Her pace quickens with her words.  I struggle to keep my mind in sync with my feet. 

I am finding it hard.  I usually love my stage of life and look at the bright side.

At that moment the road curves and we see this before us…

Image credit goes to http://www.bcgavel.com/2014/08/09/instagram-vs-reality-bc-edition/
I don’t run with my phone!

I take it as a sign.

We have sunrises. We have this hill to climb every morning.  We have our health.  We have wonderful families, jobs we love, and dear friends.  I know you are realizing that there may be fewer years left, but I think they are going to be filled with love and purpose.

She stops.  We take in the view again before we turn to head home.  I take a deep breath and feel the gratitude in the moment.  She turns and holds my gaze.

Yeah, just wait until you turn 50.

We laugh and begin our journey home.  There’s nothing like a pre-dawn running group to help you keep it real.


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    Posted at 20:59h, 28 March Reply

    This is a beautiful slice about aging and keeping what matters most in view as the years tick by.
    You know, I felt pretty good about turning 40 a couple of years ago. I may have a new perspective on 50 after reading your writing today.

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    Colin Davitt
    Posted at 23:46h, 28 March Reply

    What a great reminder. I am sometimes in the same state of mind, where did all this time go? Finding these little gems helps keep us rooted in here, now, today.

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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 01:18h, 30 March Reply

    I missed this post yesterday. Turning 50 has been okay for me. I know I’m more than halfway through, but I like where I am. I always get that same positive energy from you, also. The weaving of present moment and reflection works really well, and the picture is beautiful.

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