You haven’t changed a bit- you look just like you did at 38.
Be sure and thank Dr. 90210. He did a great job.
The whole hot flashes thing passed. Your ovaries dried up- but, hey… at least your cash didn’t, right?
I told you a long time ago that you had to fuck it all up and self-destroy to self-build; not just once in your life- you do it several times over. What you were had to die in order to make room for who you were going to be.
Thus, it follows, the same will happen over the next 20 years.
But you are prepared for it, as you well know it is not what happens to you that makes or breaks you, but your perception of it that does. ‘Bad’ does not exist, in as much as ‘good’ doesn’t- these are the figments of our biggest illusion, the mind. There is only reality and truth.
Reality, being that which is physically observable.
Truth, being what is spiritually observable.
You’ve kept your eyes open, having had the intelligence to observe the reality of all that is around you.
You’ve kept your soul open, so by now, you’ve been blessed to observe the truth that binds all which is around you.
And through it all, you’ve passionately lived each moment, as you never forgot to keep your heart open.
You’ve grown to appreciate the wisdom you’ve received as a result- you know that reality is transient and constantly changes… leaves will grow, turn a vivid emerald green and wither into a curled skeleton of drabness…
20 year olds will have the vitality to do the things they can’t at 70, yet 70 year olds will have the wisdom to do those things better than at 20…
Winter drifts into spring, spring extroverts into summer and summer falls, well, into fall.
Truth, though, is what is constant. And this is why you have made that your foundation. You may have moved from one reality to the next, but truth…
Is your inertia.
Regardless of time and space in which your current reality is, truth is the law of human physics that propels or impedes your ability to keeping moving through that reality.
It is because of all of the above, that you have triumphed over your weaker self… as there is no battle, nor any enemy, greater than that which challenges you from within…
It is because of all of the above that you have destroyed what you knew to relearn new ways… as by changing patterns of thought, you have found nothing strange, and everything comfortably familiar…
It is because of all of the above that you’ve decided who you are… as the importance of that does not lie in awards, promotions or career titles.
It lies in no domain but your own.
If Madonna is still wearing a cone bra (a little lower granted),
If Mark Zuckerberg is still changing facebook to be (air quotes) more user friendly (air quotes),
If Apple can invent the iGasm for women,
If Israel and Iran are now allied against the United States,
And Matt LeBlanc finally got at least 1 more than 2 seasons before a sitcom of his tanks…
It so isn’t over.
You still have a lot to do.
Keep it real.
Make it true.