Reflections on my first half century
On the occasion of my 51st birthday I find myself filled with gratitude and
wonder. I've led a good life
thus far and have been blessed with an early
appreciation of the journey as well as the destination. The rewards haven't come
easily — I've always worked hard and never let an opportunity pass me by — but, like an
orchard, as the branches of the trees have weathered and matured, the harvest
has become more bountiful and the fruit more satisfying.
I'm thankful for the many excellent people in my life as well. I'm not
naturally gregarious, tending to find more delight delving into the endless
mysteries of science and nature rather than stumbling and faltering in the rough and
tumble chaos of personal relationships. I don't make friends very easily and
my small circle of intimates are cherished, each and every one.
Finding E2 a little over a year ago allowed me to expand that circle to
include a group of you that I'd otherwise never have met and for that I'm also
grateful. This quirky little virtual town of ours has filled a hole in my
grouchy old heart that I didn't even know existed.
I wish I could offer you some profound, or at least useful, wisdoms but most
of life, it appears to me, is just putting one foot ahead of the other and
following your own path with conscience and good humor. So, in lieu of high
flying rhetoric, here's a toast to E2 and a thanks to all for making it the way it is.
y pesetas y tiempo para gustarlo
PS, tomorrow I go back to being grumpy again so watch out. Grrrrrr!