These past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about inspiration. In order for me to write a new blog post, I need to feel inspired. It was easy when I lived in Paris where a new experience was around every corner. But sometimes it can feel a little more difficult to be inspired when I’m surrounded by the comforts of home. However, a few minutes ago, I read a blog post entitled “This is 38. This is midlife” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lindsey-mead-russell/this-is-38-this-is-midlife_b_3451293.html). Immediately I felt inspired to write my own version.
So: This is 36.
Thirty-six is brimming with opportunities. It’s realizing that I’ve accomplished a lot so far in my life, and knowing that there’s so much more to look forward to.
Thirty-six is feeling confident in my body and who I am. It’s knowing what my style is. Thirty-six is looking in the mirror and liking who I see.
Thirty-six is watching “Girls” and being happy that my 20s were a wild ride, but even happier that they’re over.
Thirty-six is full of loving friendships, that have grown deeper and more beautiful than you ever could have imagined. Thirty-six is realizing that your friends are in different places- single, married, some with children- and supporting each other every step of the way even if you are living different lives.
Thirty-six is feeling proud of how far you’ve come in your career. It’s realizing that you can be an excellent mentor and colleague because you have a lot of experiences to share. It’s figuring out what drives you, where your passions are, and finding ways to satisfy them.
Thirty-six is trusting in yourself. At thirty-six I know what’s best for me. Its realizing that my instinct never fails me. It’s feeling like a whole being- a person of the world. It’s respecting other people and listening to their stories. It’s sharing your stories- the good, the bad, and the ugly- and accepting that this is what makes you who you are.
Thirty-six is having dance parties with your friend’s two year old. Thirty-six is sometimes going for jogs, other times going for walks. It’s enjoying being outside, or catching up with a friend, more than burning calories.
Thirty-six is appreciating wine… chocolate… a great steak… the seafood tower! It’s savoring great flavors because you can afford to now. You’ve come a long way from boxed macaroni and cheese.
Thirty-six is having opinions. Thirty-six is having as many intellectual discussions as it is having nonsensical ones.
Thirty-six is a time to blossom. Thirty-six is a time to be hopeful about the future. Thirty-six is joyful, hopeful, and lovely.