I had the thought recently that life can be broken up in stages of ages.
0 - 20 was all about learning. Learning to walk, learning to talk, learning to listen to my parents, learning how to get along with others, learning at school, learning at uni, learning to fend for myself. It was a stage of mostly living for others.
20 - 40 was all about loving. Loving friends, loving my new job, loving life, finding the love of my life, bringing two more angels to love into the world. It was a stage of mostly living for me.
40 - 60 (I'm assuming because I've only just begun this stage) is all about family. Raising kids, watching them learn, watching them grow, living and loving as a family unit, watching them gain their own independence (silent sob). This stage will be mostly living for others, again.
60 - 80 (I'm totally guessing because this one is a long way off) is all about ME (or us). We'll have some semblance of our own lives back, time to do things as a couple again, time to do things I love again, and possibly time to love new members of our family. This stage will most likely be living for me/us, again.
80 - 100 (If I make it this far...I'm aiming for 104) I'm hoping will be all about living it up in some swanky retirement 'resort'. I can hope, right?
100 and beyond...I've read that anyone alive today can expect to live to 100 (baring illnesses or accidents) so God willing, I'll be sitting in a comfy chair tweeting and blogging (or doing whatever the new fandangled technomological thing of the day is), and hopefully you'll still be reading...if you're not sick of me by then!
What are your stages?
Do they differ much from mine??
PS This is my 99th blog post. Stay tuned...this evening I'll be posting my 100th and it's going to be a party!!