I am turning 50 in March 2012. When I turned 40 my life was in upheaval. A few days before I reached that milestone birthday I examined my life – my marriage had just ended, I did not have a permanent place of residence and my career plans were sketchy. I wasn’t sure if any of the decisions I had made in my 30s had any merit. Or what the hell I was going to do with the next decade! I knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Being a newly single, homeless, unemployed 40 year old woman is not exactly the stuff of dreams…
Now, a decade later, I approach 50 and I am jazzed about it. I have started to do a lot of soul searching as I approach what is hopefully just the midpoint of my life. It has allowed me to label my decades: the first – my decade of discovery, the second – my decade of discontent, the third – my decade of pain, the fourth – my decade of pleasure and this most recent one, my decade of decadence… I am hoping the sixth will be my decade of enlightenment.
As part of what I hope will be a great journey I am starting this blog. I hope to supplement with a website as I find the time to master the very expensive Dreamweaver software I purchased in a moment of potential insanity. But I like to do things well and every decade has included adding something new to the mix of my life. I am hoping if I keep learning new things I will keep Alzheimer’s at bay. In any event, it will mean that the life I do get with sound mind and body attached will be more fulfilling and I will have better stories in the nursing home.
This may evolve as I figure out this blogging thing but as a starting point it will be a mix of memories and musings – a romp that will involve travel stories, history lessons, personal philosophy and lots more – all hopefully filtered through a dry celtic sense of humour about the absurdity of the world.
It will be a place to reflect on the past and envision the future. But, more importantly, in my wildest dreams, I will take a few people along on my journey to learn more about the world and figure out a viable, sustainable plan to save us all from becoming dinosaurs. Sure, I could just grab a couple bottles of Dom Perignon and order cake but that would be too easy…
Welcome to planetm… a place of discovery, debate and once in a while decadence 🙂
the enigmatic m