When I stumbled into the the realm of “being of a certain age” I've come to realize that what I have given up over the years isn't as important as what I can obtain in the coming years. Wisdom travels with us where ever we go and as we grow. We can look at ourselves as stones gathering moss. As we bounce down the hill of life each bump gets a little softer and the moss we gather is a little bit more wisdom, love, loss and challenges we've overcome. When I look in the mirror I see a woman who has lived. When I look at my son I see all of my accomplishments rolled into one glorious human being. The toughest challenge is letting him go to become a rolling stone gathering his own moss from the mountain of life.
The hardest thing for me to do is let my child go off into the world to find his own way. As a single parent of an only child I've done the best I can do in teaching him to love, learn, and listen. Hard work and showing compassion for another have built his strong foundation. With all of that the sky will be the limit and he will be able to achieve anything he chooses. I did that. Now I can sit back in the shadow for that time he circles back home for some loving advice and guidance. We all do it. When we get lost no matter what we always seem to find our way back home so that we can get back onto the right path. I've been blessed with having both parents close just in case I need them.
Now as my stone continues to bounce along I am able to pick up where I left off before child. I can follow that path of dreams and new goals that only involve me and what I want to achieve moving forward. Letting go simply means picking up and starting again. It doesn't mean that there isn't anything left to look forward to, but that there is so much more to accomplish and for me the sky is the limit. The dreams that I thought were lost have been found and rekindled with a new breath of life. And for those dreams that I'd given up wisdom has just shown me that they really weren't that important.