i'm currently taking an online art journaling course called "nourish your soul" with hope karney. one of the recent assignments had to do with journaling to/about yourself at various points in your life, going back 5, 10, 15, and 20 years ago. it was a fun and informative exercise that i would recommend to everyone. even if you don't journal, just think back to what you were doing at those times in your life. who were you? what did you worry about? what was going on in your life? what would you tell yourself at each of those ages?
it was weird to realize that i actually could remember myself and my life 20 years ago--i always think i'm still somewhere in my 20's! to think that i was thirteen 20 years ago seems like a lifetime ago! i really feel barely out of college some days. i guess that is how it will be for the rest of my life. always feeling like the kids were just babies, or i was just in my 30s, or the grandkids were just born. anyway, i'm happy to report that i've had a great 33 years and i'm looking forward to the next 33. i just hope they don't go by in a blink of an eye. but that's what life is. just barely a breath, a heartbeat, a blink. doesn't feel like it when you are in the present, but it sure does feel like it when you look back toward the past. it's true what they say (who are they, anyway?) there is not past or future. just now. just today.