Five Lessons from Life So Far

Five Lessons from Life So Far October 18, 2016

bent clocks

As the mileage meter turns over on another birthday, I’ve been wondering exactly what I’ve learned from this life.

The short answer is: Nothing I can prove. Just impressions.

My view is circumscribed by having been a white, middle-class American female born near the middle of the 20th century.

But I’ll share my thoughts from a life not finished:


50-year calendar

1.Turns out life really is short.

I’d always heard it, but I didn’t believe it for a long time. Childhood seemed to drag on forever, as I longed for a few bright spots. Now it’s summer or Christmas every time I turn around. Or another birthday.

I’m still perplexed why childhood seemed so slow, when I see now the blazing speed with which children grow up.

Adulthood was somehow compressed when I wasn’t paying attention. One day I was starting out with my whole life ahead of me, and the next I was noticing brown spots on my hands.

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