When you look in a mirror, what do you see? Do you see a youthful presence or an aged shadow? Has the mark of time removed the person you feel you are, or are you placing to much emphasis on outward appearance? We all age over time, but the true beauty comes from within. I know that’s what mom always said, but maybe it’s true.
There comes a point in ones life where we reassess our goals, rethink what is important to us. The trigger is different for everyone. Maybe a milestone of age, divorce, losing a loved one, or just plain old dissatisfaction with he way your life is going. Whatever the reason, the thought is the same. “Is this really who I am, or what I want?”
Maybe part of this search is brought on by the cumulative effect of the lessons learned, the wisdom gained from the wins and fails that mold us into who we are. The dreams of our youth decay under the microscope of real life, forever changing in the ridiculous fast paced society we live in. When we were young, nothing was beyond our reach, or so we were told. Truth is, many “things” about modern life are out of reach for many of us.
I’ve seen people struggle for years, scrimping and saving to buy a house, only to lose it because of a downturn in the economy. “The American Dream” they say is to be a homeowner, 2.5 kids, a dog and the picket fence. A good job with a pension, and maybe a beach house to retire to. I thought that was what I wanted too. But why? Just because someone said that was success? If we are told that enough times, do we think it’s what we want?
I wasted many years trying to gain “Stuff” in the system we have in the USA. I’ve come to the conclusion that all the possessions don’t amount to much. No matter how nice the car, it only lasts maybe 10 years and is worth nothing at the end. What did you pay for it? 20,30,40 thousand dollars? Would not that money be better spent on a used car and save the rest? And what about buying a home? Have you ever thought how much you actually end up paying for a 30 year mortgage? How much of that monthly payment is interest? No thanks!
I guess for many people those are the things that will make them happy. If you look in the mirror and like the person you see along with the direction your heading, that’s all that really matters. What others think is irrelevant. My path is not necessarily your path, and that’s OK. When I look in the mirror, I like who I am becoming. I reflect on my past and realize how far I’ve come, and how much brighter my future is.