My goal last fall was to be as fit as ever by my 50th birthday. That didn’t happen, but there are so many other aspects about my life that are better than ever. Internally, I am happier, more satisfied with myself and calmer than I was in my younger days. My relationships are more precious – my husband whose eyes still twinkle when he looks at me, my teenage daughter who I feared was pulling away but who surprised me with a declaration of how much she cares, the young man who sort of lives with us who gave me a birthday card that I treasure, my family who gathers around with witty conversation and laughter, my friends who will join me today to celebrate my birthday – all are relationships that are richer and more satisfying than I could have imagined twenty or thirty years ago. My work as a volunteer in the adoption community is more personally satisfying than my professional career ever was, even though I also enjoyed that challenge at the time. My commitment to exercise and health is strong and helps me start each day feeling good physically. Yes, it’s true that I didn’t reach my goal of being as fit as ever, but I woke up early this morning with an immediate awareness that I am now 50 – and I smiled!
Causes Debbie Dunham Supports
Holt International Children's Services
NAFA - Northwest Adoptive Families Assn.