The past ten days have been a whirlwind of life cycle events that have had me on emotional highs and lows. These are the moments in our lives that cause us to pause and take stock of our lives. These are the moments where we focus and remember to not take anything for granted.
These past ten days my new niece was born. My partner and I have 6 nieces, 6 nephews, and 2 great nieces (we are so lucky!) What a gorgeous gift she is! She was named after my father, who died two years ago this month and my grandmother, who died 7 years ago this month. I then attended the funeral of a colleague of mine who is very young and lost her parents in a car accident – it was heartbreaking to see. Then I went to a friend’s daughter’s birthday party, followed by a bar mitzvah.
Happy and sad occasions intertwined – life beginnings and endings overlapping. These are the moments we really feel what it is like to be human, to be vulnerable.
Today, 150 days ’til 40, I pause – and am thankful for all that I have in my life.