This year, I was able to return home for the holidays. I love Christmas lights and decided to venture off to see them. As my journey began, I quickly discovered light displays were at a minimum. This disappointment diverted my path and shifted me into a walk down memory lane. When home, I often ride by familiar sights; but this day I was somehow very aware of memory specifics. I could ride by a store and remember pertinent details. I instantly noticed the attentiveness and continued to follow my curiosity. I mean why was I suddenly hypersensitive to locations I’d passed a hundred times?
Before I knew it, I was driving by my childhood home. The neighborhood has held its value and the home still boasts of its suburban charm. Before I knew it, I was crying and thanking God for my upbringing. My siblings and I often talk about the blessings we had as children, but in this moment, suddenly my heart became even more tender than what our casual conversations offered. I could see the blessing of where I was raised and how it nurtured the curiosity within. It was like I began to connect who I’ve become with who I was in a different way. I could see I had been born destined to leave the nest, but kept safe in my small town until that time. It was just the right amount of adventure to make an explorer leap off the island to delve deeper into discovery. I would not be who I am now had it not been for who I was. Every experience and disappointment shaped me perfectly for the journey ahead. The journey yielded many surprises and great disappointments but this little neighborhood and small town was an integral ingredient to me weathering life’s storms.
As we walk through the last few days of 2020, I encourage you to reflect and connect the dots from your childhood blessings and how they’ve shaped the man or woman you are today. I’ve heard it said it takes approximately ten years to become an expert at something. If you are in the Thirty Plus and Beyond Club, you have entered into the expert stage. Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and merging Millennials, you have walked down many streets and are seasoned experts in various areas. Your advice, wisdom and guidance have been birthed. I always say, no matter how wise you are, there are some lessons that can only be taught over time. I admonish you, take the next few days to examine areas of expertise and be prepared to release wisdom and knowledge. Truly, the best is yet to come.
Author: Petrina Milan