The other night The Engineer and I were discussing ‘life, the universe, and everything’. I made a comment that I was grateful not to be in college anymore, that despite the better health and younger body I didn’t want to go back.
The Engineer brought up that Simpson’s quote that is something like ‘you must go forward, not backwards, upward, not downward and whirling, always whirling’
We laughed for a moment but I couldn’t shake the comment.
In many ways, life is circular. This year feels a lot like our first year of marriage. Small apartment, no money, new beginnings, only this time we have three kids with us. The thing is, we are moving forward. We’ve learned, we’ve grown, we’ve added experiences and knowledge. I know who I am, now. I know what I’m capable off. While I may not fit into the same size clothes as I did 20 years ago and while my hopes and expectations are vastly different, I’m happy now.
And I wouldn’t go back to the beginning for anything.
Would you return to the ‘glory days’ if you could?
Wonderful post. Every day we are here--that we live, love and laugh--is a glory day, is it not?ReplyDelete
Not on my life! When I was younger, I had no clue how to enjoy life, only mark another day on my calendar. Now, I know that love gets sweeter, deeper, and more rewarding. Looking forward is why I write. If I sell my books, wonderful. If I don't, I've still looked forward. Great post, Sara!ReplyDelete
The only way to live is looking forward.Delete
Heck, I don't even know which days I'd consider to be my "glory days." But I do know my hubby and I never been happier than we are now, so maybe THESE are our glory days?ReplyDelete
I hope so. I hope life just keeps getting better and better.Delete
No, thank you! While I'm not sorry to have had those experiences, I like where I am and wouldn't trade it for anything! :)ReplyDelete
Exactly, those experiences make us who we are, but that doesn't mean we want to keep repeating ourselves.Delete
This is such a hard question! There are things I wouldn't mind going back and changing--even with knowing that my life now would reflect those changes. I do feel much stronger now, and definitely happier, but I guess I wish I could have been smarter in the past and avoided a few things that I knew were wrong to begin with, but I didn't listen well enough to myself :)ReplyDelete
Every year fills us with experience. We are getting fuller. It's a little boring to came back... It's better to create the great memory each year for future goodness )ReplyDelete
I'm with you. I might like to go back and edit a few things, but i'm in a very good place and the resulting story is a happy ending - it's all in the attitude to deal with what comes and find the positive! i'm much more relaxed now!ReplyDelete
have a great weekend!
You have three kids, too? Cool. Sounds like we have some unique challenges to start the year with. Hope yours can be overcome soon. :)ReplyDelete
Glad you feel like you're moving forward. That can be part of the challenge in challenging times.ReplyDelete
I am so much wiser and happier now. I love where and how I am.ReplyDelete
Too funny, I was thinking the same thing today while going over finances. There are always swings up and down.ReplyDelete
But no! Glory days are now not then :-)
Heck no! I'm totally happy with where I'm at. I don't mind reliving those days in memory, but these days are pretty epic as well.ReplyDelete
Your attitude is spot-on, Sara. Not too many people feel this way. My only wish is that life slowed down.ReplyDelete