Over the past year I have spent a lot of time thinking about what life really means for me personally. Now that I have three kids – I have a lot more on the line…not only for them, but also for me.
I realized I needed to get a real perspective on life. I saw myself and people around me too focused for their/my own good on things that 1 year, 5 years in the future will not matter. Why waste so much energy?
I finally realized that life is a lot bigger than my house, my suburb, my country, and even my planet/galaxy. There is a lot we can do to make changes, and even more to stay the same. I spent a great deal of 2010 educating myself on a number of topics and made myself aware of a lot that I never thought about (from food to complicated physics). I bought myself a telescope so after a long day working and getting the family organized I could step back and put things all in perspective. I became calmer.
Time is not to be wasted. I also realized time is the most important thing in my life. I realized that every minute with a loved one or doing something I loved was extremely precious and I should not take that for granted. I also realized that I could do something about making sure the time I spent was worthwhile. If something was off or not worth my time – it is time to move on. I waste less time.
All in all – my thirties (I am 34) have been amazing. I always thought growing up ended around when people turned 18, but I have to say, at 34, I think the growing I have done in the last year or two has been the greatest. Getting perspective takes time and I have a lot to learn, but by learning perspective – your understanding of everything changes – and it is quite exciting.