When Mandy and I were in China we had a moment where we both sort of looked at each other and asked, “When did we get old enough to be half-way around the world on a journey to adopt a little girl? Shouldn’t our parents be here with us making sure that we are OK?” It was both a humorous and humbling moment in our lives.
Another event happened when I was having lunch with a college professor who is also a valuable mentor to me. We were talking about my career and I questioned when I became the person with the experiences to draw on to help others think through an issue rather than the one seeking out the experience. When did THAT happen?
I have struggled at times with the thought of getting older. My 30th and 35th birthdays were not happy events for me. I do–from time to time–however enjoy having stories and experiences that I can use to make decisions or relate to others to help them make a decision. I guess getting older is not all bad.