– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” ― Dr. Seuss
This line prompted me to reflect on...
...all the different expressions of me being Me-er than Me over the years, as well as wonder what expressions have not yet been expressed.
I have been married once, had kids twice, moved 16 times, and redefined and re-created myself more times than I can count.
I have been a child, student, artist, employee, wife, adjunct professor, LMT, healer, mother, actress, runner, facilitator, coach, business owner, and more. Within so many of these expressions I have enjoyed some pretty peak experiences.
In reflecting on these, I was tempted to wonder if the best of times might now be relegated to the rear-view mirror...
This type of thinking is a trap.
Luckily, with age also comes experience, wisdom, and new opportunities not afforded by youth. While it doesn't always make things easier, it does give hope and wonder for what is yet to come.
Practicing a growth mindset helps me to be grateful for birthdays, even as the number of candles on the cake increases. I can take inventory of all the things I will continue to carry forward from my previous adventures, and put down the things I no longer need. There is also a strength that comes with age that helps me to pick up new things I have not yet dared to use.
Even if I have to occasionally remind myself, I know that as long as I believe there is still more to experience up ahead, the future remains an open stretch of highway whispering, "Where to next?"
If you could use some support in being You-er than You and navigating the road ahead, let's chat.