Monday, March 7, 2011

Too Intense For A Monday

0 - 12 is a haze
13 - 20 I would partially like to forget
21 - 30 was about marriage and family
31 - 40 was about school and career
41 - 46 has been about exploring my creativity

do you ever reflect on your life and wonder if you are
on the right track?
where you are supposed to be?
doing what you are supposed to be doing?

do you believe your life is already planned for you?
or
do you believe you control your own destiny
by the choices you make in life?

so far I've spent my 40's thinking I'm supposed to be
doing something different...




is it just me or is it hot in here????

;)



thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes
you are all so sweet!

31 comments:

amelia said...

Oh it's hot!!

I am through menopause and I find now, that my inner temp must have risen because now I don't get hot flushes anymore, I'm permanently hot!!!

S. Etole said...

there's definitely a warming trend ..:-)

Brian said...

I always think I'm where I'm supposed to be, even if it is on the counter!

Dany, die mit den Katzen strickt. said...

Hi, I'm here again. And I admire your beautiful pictures!
Regards Dany

Bossy Betty said...

I'm going to need A LOT of Diet Pepsi in order to answer these questions, Sweetie! Maybe some pie too....

Linda R. said...

I went through a 3 or 4 year period trying to find my purpose in life.. It drove me batty.. Now I just try to live each day in the moment.. Don't get me wrong.. It's tough to do sometimes.. But I really do try to just notice the moment I am in.. I just love this quote that is hanging in my craft room.. "Don't let your yesterday take up to much of today".

Hope you enjoy your Monday my friend.. Hugs, Linda

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Well, I'm the last one to ask! And yes, it's hot in here. Weird fact: once my husband and I split my hot flashes stopped. It had been 2 years since "I was done" and I kept asking my Dr why am I still having these!! I think stress kept mine going, but who knows maybe just a coincidence. But I believe my core temp raised permanently too.
With that said...have a great day!!
LOL
*hugs*deb

Kea said...

When I was younger, in my teens, twenties and even into my early and mid-30s, I believed I had all the power to create my own reality. I believed all the "new-age" spiritual stuff and really tried to look at everything from the point of view of spiritual lessons.

Then life caught up with me and now I just try to get through my days as best as I can.

Do I wish I had made different choices, gone down a different path? Yes, in some ways I do.

But on the other hand, I would not be who I am today without having had my specific struggles.

I suspect it's a bit of both, Catherine: A bit of fate coupled with our own actions and reactions that generate our reality.

I struggle daily with trying to find meaning in my quiet, often-dull, isolated life...But perhaps this *is* the life I've needed to experience, to learn to open my heart.

There's a Chinese proverb I like: Bloom where you are planted.

That's the best we can do, IMO.

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Honey those hot and cold moments are just a reflection of the special gal you've turned out to be.
Though we may meander from the path now and again as long as you're healthy, loved and devoted and of course caretaker of a kittie or two, the path you're on is the right one.
After all you're too wise to have made a mistake and certainly to happy for regrets...
Susan x

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Another lovely post, Catherine. Making me think and I love to think.
Thanks for making me smile and think this very moment, I have to be off to prepare dinner...
Enjoy your Monday! xxxxx

It's me said...

Hello...i think live is planned for us.....what a nice post today !!..it was beautiful waether here today doors wide open !! yas yas spring is comming !!...love Ria...xxx..

Hot Rocks said...

Oh yeah...it certainly does get HOT here once in awhile (and I am NOT talking about the weather!). I am always reflecting...and after several bumps in the road, I am pretty sure things turned out the way they should have. Speaking of fate and destiny...you must go see the movie The Adjustment Bureau.

GreatGranny said...

Reflections can bring sadness as well as happiness. I hope I'm where I should be or I made a wrong turn somewhere.

Ann said...

Yes I do think we control our own destiny by our choices. Of course, I seem to keep changing which direction I'm going all the time. I guess I still haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up...lol

Oh and yes it is hot in here, wait no it's cold, oh now it's hot again

Pamela said...

Oh that is all I've been doing since turning 40 four years ago is contemplate it all!
Having moved 3,000 miles from home I ask all the time am I on track or off? But when I hear about the weather back home I say ...yes i'm on track lol !!!

Becca said...

Well, I'd have to say even though I'm 46 and have only been married 5 years I'm probably right on track. It seems like EVERYTHING I have ever done in life wheather it be my career or marriage I was a "late bloomer" OMG! Does that mean I won't get to retire until I'm in my 80's?!!!

Christine said...

I spent most of my twenties whining about what was I suppose to do with my life then marriage came at 27 and babies after that. I am looking forward to the empty nest but I'm sure when that happens I will become very reflective all over again.

Lin said...

Please be patient, I'm fanning myself as I type....

I go with the flow. I never wonder where I am or what I am "supposed" to be doing. I grow and change every day and I embrace that more with each year that passes. I grow more and more comfortable with ME and I like who I am (most days).

Sure, I probably don't do things that I'm expected to or act the way everyone would like. But that is me--like me or leave me. :)

Embrace you, pally. You are BEAUTIFUL in every way. Getting older just gives you comfort in that old skin.

BeadedTail said...

It's not hot here yet, my fingers, nose and toes are always ice cubes! I believe we have control of our own destiny but it's the taking control I'm having problems with. I don't think I'm on the right track as far as my job goes and am working on changing that - if I can get out of my comfort zone that is.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Oh no! I missed your birthday this weekend! Happy Belated Birthday! I hope you had a wonderful day... I wasn't online much this weekend.

I'm 45 and I'm for sure exploring my creativity...Hopefully I'll figure it out by the time I'm 46 and will be successful as a writer. :-)

Linens and Royals said...

I sometimes like to think if only I'd taken a different turn I might have been rich and/or famous but my cats would never allow it.

Lesley said...

Catherine, how did I miss your birthday?! Belated birthday wishes- hope you had a great day!

re: the hot flushes- be thankful for the money you will save on your heating bill!

YHOSIE said...

hmmm im gonna need lots of coffee and cookies too,to think about this!

I DO believe that God have planned for me but to get there He gave me lots of choices... ;) i guess hehe

one thing for sure, i dont want to look back and regrets all the choices i've made! :)

to answer ur question in my blog :
the kitty was fall from my ceiling!

XoXo.. have a nice day

Jen said...

EEEK! I missed yesterday's post. Happy Birthday!!! Had to tilt my head slightly to catch that last line in the bifocals *snort*, and yes it is most definitely hot in here ;o)

Alisa said...

I ask myself the same questions. What is my purpose. It must be more than this. I have been contemplating vouleenteering in some way. If I were a stronger person (and my husband didn't completely oppose) I would become a foster parent or adopt. Giving a child a chance at success, happiness and mostly love... Don't get me started.

I do believe you create your own reality. I am working on mine.

Sylvia said...

Hello Catherine,
Mmm, a lot of questions to think about !
Of the 40's I recognize that feeling, I'm curious what the 50's will look like ...
Hugs,
Sylvia

troutbirder said...

Sorry I was late for your birthday but happy for sure on it. Hey 46 is your just hitting your stride and grooving it. Thinking back from ancient, I know there were mistakes but overall I loved my career choice and lifestyle. No regrets there. The loss of a son was the black hole but there was nothing I could do....

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I think sometimes we control our own destiny and then sometimes fate plays a card and things work out in a way that you never imagined...

HubbleSpacePaws said...

ROFL!! Well, I definitely don't think things are predestined. And I'd like to think my choices matter. But those times I feel like a cork bobbing on a tempest tossed sea make me wonder! ;-)

And, oh the fun of carrying around your own personal summer. I'm so glad that time is almost over!

Prairie Girl Studio said...

thought provoking post, catherine ... : )

some of my reflections leave me feeling
quite uncomfortable and happy to be beyond
whatever stage in life that was ...
for the most part, i am giddy about life ...
i look at each experience as a blessing
and even though some are dark ~ i look for the shafts of light they have shone and set me in a new direction ...
i believe we do have choices and how the choices we make every moment of every day have great impact on how our day to day life ...
i understand your feeling of 'supposed to be doing something different' and it can be unsettling, but have faith ~ be open to the gifts that lay before you ... exciting times!
i have to say that i am most grateful to a woman at our local health store who recommended a vitamin regime that is definitely helping me with my mind and body as i go through this 'warmer' stage of life!
cheers!
here's to embracing 'all' the numbers!
xo
pg

Clara said...

Ha! Ha! Those feelings will continue on for a while too but that's good since it just helps sift through what you don't want and need. I just turned 53 the other day and I made the decision to do what feels right for me and the heck with what others say...you'll see and you'll be happier for it.

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