Today is my 37th birthday. Like, seriously, how did it become my 37th??! isnt that close to 40? A little too close if you ask me….
at the same time… how did i get to live this life that i dreamed of? that my life list is getting fulfilled? that five years ago — i had dreams of hiking in the Himalayas and in the patagonia andes…. and here i am. doing just that…. go big or go home.
this morning, i work up at 5:50 to watch the sunrise, except i heard raindrops on the tent… no, not the sunrise over fitz roy — i so wanted to see that and sit out and write my gratitudes. My list of 37 things that i am grateful for this year…. so i pressed snooze on my watch and it wasn’t until I saw pink through the tent that I forced myself up.
The morning was beautiful and i was able to start my list…. the top 37 things that i am grateful for this year…. I will not entertain/bore you with the list…. but here are some of the things:
wild and beautiful places
my family and friends who support me on this journey – who send me love when i am in all corners of the world and make me still feel part of a circle of friends (you know who you all are!)
i am thankful for smiles from strangers, i am thankful for my brother and his humor, I am thankful for good beer and good food — even if I have no idea what I am eating, i am thankful for my body being able to do what my mind asks of it, I am thankful for my mind being reflective and ready for change and growth, i am thankful for the world greeting me with welcome arms.
I have learned a lot over the past 4.5 months — i have learned that the world is ready for me, that the world is ready to greet me with open arms, that there is adventure waiting at my doorstep, i just need to step outside. i have learned the kindness of strangers and that people can become my friends and teach me much about myself and the world. it is a great thing.
so, yeah…. 37. i am not where i thought i would be 10 years ago. but, i guess I am right where I am suppose to be. 37. pretty amazing.