Dose of Donna
Boiled eggs are not difficult to prepare – it’s a matter of placing eggs in boiling water for a specified number of minutes. For obvious reasons, it takes longer for eggs to become hard boiled than soft boiled. Key point: It simply takes more time, not more effort.
The same can be said about doing something significant in life… particularly at an older age. As the Dose increases in age and attempts a new adventure, tries a new hobby, or looks for a significant life alteration, I’m often told, “That’s too hard to do at your age…” followed by a string of words that only equal discouragement.
The Dose marvels at people over the age of 50 achieving life-long goals of running a marathon, getting a PhD, or changing careers. Their stamina is in-check, their determination is set, and their age is pushed to the side.
And so, I look to the egg placed in boiling water. Whatever the goal, give it some time in a tumultuous situation and it will come out just as desired. Difficult? No. Easy? No. Achievable? Yes, with time, in time… as long as it’s realistic!
Missions were not created to be impossible. Think probable!
Birthdays – love them or hate them. It’s your choice.
The anniversary of one’s birth needs to be considered a special day. This is the day that you were welcomed into the world… the day your mother labored selflessly to aid in this wonderful event.
Though some birthdays may not be as happy as others, my special day is always marked for recognition, even if just for me. A day off from work is typically in order, as is cake!
And now that the Dose is turning a very big age, one that many women hide from, I’m welcoming the next decade with delight. The alternative is to be miserable and the Dose doesn’t have time to be miserable… my life now is truly short!
In the saying Happy Birthday, the “Happy” is intentional. It is a happy day. Ask any new mother with a newborn. She maybe tired but she is most certainly happy!
A birth-day anniversary is just that – a marker of your entrance into life… sure beats the alternative!
Look at couples who have been married for a long time. Take a closer look. Do you see what I see? Married couples, over time, start looking like each other. Quite fascinating, wouldn’t you say?
As I enjoy watching human behavior, starting with my own, the Dose sees something that goes beyond the appearance of these married couples. They mirror each other’s behaviors, mannerisms, and choice of spoken words to perfection. Amazing. But not miraculous. It makes total sense… you are who you hang out with.
Being in the corporate world, the Dose can’t hold back speaking the lingo of the office. Same holds true with those I keep company with. If the friend I spend the day with enjoys the creative arts, we visit museums or shoot photos. For those who enjoy volunteering… it’s off to participate in a worthy cause. As for those who are fitness aficionados… well, the Dose should be connecting with them more often!
My mix of interests does lead to an assortment of friends with mutual influence and alignment of values.
Unfortunately, this was not true in my younger years. Despite my mother’s best efforts, the Dose did ‘sneak’ around with those that persuaded me down paths of, let’s just say, no-good.
Who you hang out with does more than keep you company. They have the influence to grow you or distort you… choose wisely!