As usual, I’m having a hard time coming up with the “best” moment (these prompts that ask for the best/one/favorite are super difficult as I always want more than one — yes, I’m greedy). What I’m also finding difficult in general with the #reverb10 project is that it often feels geared towards folks who are struggling to figure things out or find meaning in their lives. Guessing from the photos, I think the #reverb10 organizers and most of the prompt authors may be in their 30s, which would explain this focus. At this stage in my life (I’ll be 44 in January), I feel as I’ve already done a lot of this work in my 20s and 30s. The best thing about hitting 40 is that if you spent the previous decades getting your shit together, you can spend your 40s just enjoying life and being secure in who you are.
So I can’t point to one “best” moment over the last year — but I can say that in many ways, the last few years have felt as if everything’s going to be OK (for the most part — working in public higher education these days feels a bit insecure thanks to potential budget issues, but one thing I learned a while back is to not spend a lot of time worrying about things over which I have no control and the Missouri state legislature is one of them). And the moments I listed in my “Memories” post were definitely highlights of my 2010. For the year ahead, I’m excited about some new opportunities at work and am hoping to use those for professional growth — and I look forward to getting closer to 50 as I’ve heard that that’s when one really stops caring about what other people think, which, in my opinion, is the most liberating thing about getting older.
Note: This is my response to the #reverb10 prompts for December 24. #reverb10 is an annual event and online initiative to reflect on your year and manifest what’s next. Each day has a prompt. The December 24 prompt is “Everything’s OK. What was the best moment that could serve as proof that everything is going to be alright? And how will you incorporate that discovery into the year ahead?”