Moving through a milestone birthday sparks introspection, analysis and hopefully, forgiveness of yourself and others. The stories you created about past events and the people involved shaped your idea of self. These are the stories through which you filter reality.
When you step back and look at these shaping stories from a different perspective, you suddenly realize that they are no longer true. You have grown past the limiting stories from your childhood or young adulthood, and you didn’t even realize it!
That is the wonder of a milestone birthday. You assess the past to curate the present to create a different future.
What About the Grasshopper?
You may be wondering when I am going to explain the title of this article. Stay with me and it will become crystal clear.
One way I continue to experience the growth of my self is to read inspirational stories, books or poems in the morning. A poem by Mary Oliver that landed in my inbox this morning is what prompted me to write this post:
What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
What a great question to ask at any age, but especially when moving through a milestone birthday! My answer: to stay awake and aware of the wonder and majesty of everything around me, to allow God’s love to flow through me into the world, and to grab hold of inspired action and see where it takes me.
What’s your answer to that question??? Makes you think, doesn’t it?
It’s just another step in the Heart Dance.