2013: The year of the mini van

For the first time since I was maybe 11 years old, I didn't make it to midnight on New Years Eve. It might have to do with the fact that I'm 9 months pregnant, or it might just be that I'm old. Either way, I didn't care; I just wanted to go the heck to sleep.

For the first time in many years I awoke bright eyed and busy tailed on New Years Day. Also a sign of my condition and age, I suppose.

Yesterday, I traded in my cute Jeep for a mini van. It's true.

"Embrace change" is my mantra for 2013. 2012 held big changes for our family and it was all happening so fast I didn't really have time to process it all. We found out we'd be having another baby the same week we found out I'd be changing jobs. We had friends move away and new ones materialize. My head was swimming for many months. So for this new year, when the baby will arrive and I'll take a small break from my job, I'm going to work on embracing all this chance. So I'm not the free-wheeling social butterfly I once was. So I don't have the energy to stay up past midnight and so what if I drive a mini van. It's all evolutionary. It would be sad if everything stayed the same, right? It would be boring if I did the same things year after year. I am aging and my circumstances are changing, but I'm choosing to think this is a good thing.

When we are young, our lives are easily demarcated by milestones. Grade school, junior high, high school. Graduation. College. Graduation again. Once we pass through the schooling years, though, it all starts to run together. Maybe there is a marriage or a break up and then maybe some kids or different jobs and then retirement, but there are no summer breaks and there aren't ceremonies for every achievement. We have to build in those ways of dividing chunks of time for ourselves.

I choose to call this my "minivan period" and embrace it. Two small children, a husband, and a busy job. 2013 is the year of the mini van. Embrace it. That mini van is pretty cool, really.

Don't look back, friends. What are you embracing for 2013?


Marilyn Hull 5 years, 4 months ago

2013 is my year to embrace orthopedic and generally very frumpy shoes. I used to call them nun's shoes (sorry sisters!). I've decided to do whatever it takes to get rid of foot pain that's been nagging me for years.

Aging seems to be a slow process of coming to terms with, and finally embracing, things we used to poke fun at.

What's next for me? Hmmm...fully elasticized waistbands on work pants wouldn't look TOO bad, would they?

Grammanancy5 5 years, 4 months ago

Mid-article you write: "I'm going to work on embracing all this chance." Just wondering if you meant "change", or "chance?" Because of course, change is chance - opportunity! What a wonderful full year 2013 will be for you - embrace it bigtime!

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