A good friend stopped by yesterday and we shared some wine.
She asked me to rank the day. Was it okay? Pretty dreadful? Kind of exciting?
This isn't our normal conversation. We're usually all over the map, literally—she just returned from an excursion to Antarctica—or we're deep into politics, relationships, or something else to stir our gray cells.
Yesterday was different. Yesterday was my 55th birthday. She knows me pretty well, and probably already had a handle on what my answer would be. But that didn't stop her from asking the question.
In essence, it went kind of like this: Pretty much okay. Definitely not dreadful. And what I hadn't quite figured out yet, exciting once I finished my reflection.
We talked about there being different measurements/levels of awareness at the different ages in our lives. From blissful ignorance, to professional ambition, to personal focus, to a place where we leave behind our old careers and choose to pay attention to those desires of our hearts.
For me, it's writing. For Kel, it's protecting and building the real estate investments her mom has made over the years, and continuing her educational endeavors which have never ceased.
I've been trying to walk down the writer's path for a few years now. Kel is just taking her first few steps without the crutch of a "title." I have no doubt she'll do well.
LOML took me to dinner at a wonderful restaurant known for its steaks. But I have to tell ya, the lobster bisque was to die for. I've gotta figure out how to do this at home.
As often happens when we're celebrating "days", we talked a bit about where we were in our lives.
LOML has accomplished a lot in his life, has left—and continues to leave—lasting marks on our society. Committed to excellence, equality, relevance and education, his input and value only increases with time.
Mine, except for special days when it's unleashed, continues to be tied up with my writing efforts.
So . . . how was your day? Okay, dreadful, or exciting? And what would it take to get tomorrow to move squarely into the exciting camp?
CR: Lethal Legacy by Linda Fairstein. (Which, btw, is my first Linda Fairstein. I've gotta say . . . WOW!)
It's all better with friends.