I'm turning 50 tomorrow. I have a lot of sucking, swirling, eddies of emotion about that. And one of them is a twist on that cartoon.
The cartoon, I think, is making the point that she "had a life", and all of a sudden realized she hadn't done what she was "supposed" to do.
My twist is more of the "oh my god, I'm 50 already. But I never....." Those are the things that are haunting me. The things I thought I wanted to do, or be, but could never do.
Oh my god, I have turned 50, but I never....
....moved to California to live in the sunshine (my senior HS yearbook quote).
But I did find sunshine in Colorado when I moved here 19 years ago.
....finished my PhD and used it for doing something good in the world.
It was unrealistic to think that I was going to finish a PhD, I think. I saw where it was going and I didn't like it. But I had a good vision of running a place where people who needed help could come and stay for a while.
....became a singer, with a voice people wanted to hear.
My dream at age 7 was to grow up and sing on the Tonight Show. I prayed for it every single night. I did sing to both of my kids at night when they were very, very small.
....conquered the piano
I am a very good 'average keyboard player'. Good enough for a lot of things. I don't 'know the piano' the way a true pianist does. But I still love to play.
....found my 'calling'
I always wanted to know what it was I was here for. My 'special purpose', as Navin Johnson once said. I make my peace with it off and on. I'm just off right now. I envy people who have that feeling of a singular purpose in life.
....could consistently exercise regularly for longer than a few months at a time
I do it for a while. Then I reach a point where I just lose interest and don't want to anymore.
to be continued.