I just turned 50 years old. Some say just another year. I thought that too - at first.
Then I realized it triggered much self reflection on where I was professionally, what I had spent may years worrying about and most importantly what I was going to do with the next 50 years. Yes, I am preparing to live to 100 but that is a topic for another day.
What I realize is that my kids (all girls - 18, 16, 14) somehow all grew up. I remember thinking this is going to go fast, but I had no idea that at some point having little girls running around in there PJs would be gone. It has happened. I am now so glad I was the dad that took pictures of everything.
I recently quit my job - in search of something with more purpose with people I respect and can grow with. Scary? yes. But I had to do it. If not now, never, I started to think. My wife supported me and gave me the courage I needed.
I now realize my three "straight A" daughters will make it just fine in life. They'll have challenges, ups and downs, but they'll make it.! And do incredible things and be wonderful people. My wife and I (mostly my wife) have done are jobs raising three, strong, determined, powerful woman. For that I could not be more thankful.
I have made a commitment to listen more and be a better friend to others.
I have learned that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.
And I have learned that the journey goes really fast. The more you learn to let things go, the better things seem to go. My wife has always told me that...but for some reason it took me the better part of my life (33 years to be accurate) to hear her.
So, have the courage to let some things just go.