I look across all the years that stretch behind and the events and experiences and think that it's been quite a haul. While there has been great joy and gut-wrenching pain, I wouldn't skip over any of it. It's shaped me into the person I am today. I think, I am far more human, compassionate, and less judgmental because of it all.
And as I look ahead, I think about all the opportunity. I will be 50 years old in April and I am not viewing this as the time to wind down. Instead, I prefer to look at it as the time to ratchet up. Not so much professionally, but truly discerning and following my passion. I think of Julia Child who's career took off in her early 50s. My child will be launched in a little over a year, at least away at college. I will probably be in a new position. And who knows what else.