“Wake Up” … You’re 35 …

March 31, 2014

So, today I turned 35. I don’t normally ponder birthdays and am not particularly a big ‘birthday’ kind of person but this one seems worth stopping by a bit. Half way to the big 4-0 and five away from 30 when I thought I’d have life all figured out. I was wrong! The learning never stops. So in an ‘outside-in’ world that relishes hiding one’s actual age I find myself quite blessed that I get to grow a year older, hopefully wiser, and build another year’s worth of memories.

The last twelve months have been a real journey. More so, a journey of self-discovery and slowing down. I would say the last four months in particular were the most profound as that’s coincidentally when I started learning about the Three Principles behind our experience of life. I gradually stopped caring so much about the ‘stuff’ I’d been preoccupied with caring about for the last thirty odd years and just started appreciating being here. I started to get glimmers of clarity. Even though there was so much more going on around me I found myself slowing down and being more mindful. The ‘stuff’ in all aspects of my life stopped being so important. The relationships were. The connections were. My presence was. Living more in the moment and fretting less about what the future may or may not hold. Finding the joy in simple everyday moments. Learning to trust that we are OK no matter what. We have all the resources we need. What a relief to know we don’t need to figure it all out. Life just is.

As I take more steps into the unknown and deepen my understanding of how our experience of life really works; I do so with the love and support of my family, old cherished friendships and the warmth of new kindred spirits I’ve met on my 3P journey. Thank you to each and every one of you. I treasure our connection. I am truly blessed to have you in my life. This doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing; but at least I can now recognize when my mind is playing tricks on me. That in itself is a massive accomplishment.

I think I’ll keep the philosophical ramblings for another post. For now, I am grateful to finally wake up to life at 35.

Love.

Shereen

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