Brave, not perfect


I awoke to 2019 old enough to know better. To know better than to expect a shiny new feeling in a shiny new year. But I awoke content in the moment. I hope you did too.

I chose hearty oatmeal with my youngest rather than a morning aerobics class. Talk about “old enough to know better.” In my prime, I used to awaken on New Year’s Day more in need of an Alka-Seltzer than aerobics or oatmeal. My, how our choices change.

This morning, fittingly, I talked to my oldest son as he begins a new chapter in his life. Sounding excited as he drove through cornfields on a country highway, he is on his way to what I hope is a wonderful new adventure for him—college. He is approaching this adventure as he does all others, leaping in with both feet without looking both ways before crossing. In…

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5 thoughts on “Brave, not perfect

  1. Being grown-up means never having to have a hangover again! I think you are right about placing adequate value on bravery, and trying things that you haven’t done before, but I would much rather devote the time I have on this planet to things which I enjoy and they tend to be the things that I am good at. I can’t draw, I can’t drive a car, I can’t scuba-dive, and that’s perfectly fine because I can write, and I can read, and I can knit. I sometimes think that I give up challenging things too easily, but that’s not true – I have persevered with many challenging things. What I give up easily are things that I am just not ever going to be any good at. I think it’s important for all of us to recognise that there are such things.

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