It’s getting harder to decide which memory or which favourite event to share in this list of “30 Favourite Things of my Fiftieth Year.” I was thinking today that one thing I’m so thankful for in this past year is the realization that time is passing — time has passed.
And so, one of my favourite things has been the many times I’ve realized that I might never do this or that thing again and so I’ve made a concerted effort to do things – to live intentionally instead of by default.
I remember some years ago that my mother remarked about an elderly aunt: She’s always so upbeat, always so eager for the day. I consider that fairly often, actually. That’s not who or how I am by nature — eager. No — But that’s just what I want to be, that’s how I want to be or how I want to respond: eager — eagerly.
So, whether it’s going somewhere, cheering the boys in soccer, doing chores, reading and studying, projects or maintenance… I just want to be eager about them all. I want to have enthusiasm for the day instead of dread, complacency or carelessness. I guess intentionally doing many different things in this past year has made me realize more than ever: there is *so* much to do. And I want to get at it!!