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Hello 43!

Shannon8

Each year of life is filled with many moments, woven into the large tapestry of our existence. The threshold of entering new decades has never been a good feeling for me. When my age changed from 39 to 40, I suddenly felt old on the outside, but not mentally. Now I'm entering my third year of my 40's and have learned to accept aging as a natural process of life. Each healthy year is really a gift, a new chance to make lasting memories, new connections, and learn how to better love and appreciate the people who matter and support you most in life. I can say the best part of getting older is the ability to focus on what's important, and not worry so much about the small things in life. There are not enough hours in the day to have so many negative thoughts and stresses, and in the end such a calm disposition leads to both internal and external balance. I've felt it in my own life. Equally important is to realize you will sometimes fail, for we are all flawed human beings, and to expect perfection from yourself or others is unrealistic and a recipe for bitterness, which I think is one of the most unhealthy human emotions. It's better to simply let nature takes its course, because there is always a lesson to be learned from the struggle.

I'm looking forward to many more years, colors and hues added to life's canvas. In the end, I really hope to leave a beautiful tapestry, a legacy and life filled with a lot of  touching moments and adventures, interesting stories and human connections that last long after I fade from existence.

Tomorrow I'll board a plane to Montana, and my first journey of the year begins. But today I celebrate turning 43! Let's hope it's a good year...

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procurator0
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:32 am (UTC)
Happy birthday Shannon, much love joy health and wealth to you.

For you are a jolly good felllowette...which nobody can deny..which nobody can deny!

peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
alvarorecoba20
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:34 am (UTC)

Доброе утро. Прекрасного дня!

peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, so far the day has been great! And it is only 2pm here. :)
yarowind
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:35 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Shannon! Interesting trips and good people on your way!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Vlad!
rider3099
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:36 am (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Hello Olga! Thanks a lot!
sibir_muzhyk
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:42 am (UTC)
Happy New [personal] Year! :-)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, a new year of life! And new opportunities. :)
rollson
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
women live longer (and better, especially in US!)
so you still have another 40+ years to enjoy!



peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
It is an optimistic thought to think I have +40 more years to live, but I hope you're right! :)
narcolog59
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:48 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! Wish you just one: don't even notice that years are adding, be mentally young and healthy)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
Absolutely right! The main thing is to have a positive to attitude in life!
nkhaba
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:52 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, Shannon! A lot of exciting trips and interesting people to meet and to write about :-) Stay young, healthy and happy!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
amtex
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:56 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! Have a safe and fun trip.
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!
geky
Feb. 17th, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
Happy Birthday!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
Hooray! It has been a good day, and hopefully tonight will be better!
aborigen72
Feb. 17th, 2016 05:08 am (UTC)
С Днём Рождения !!!!! сорок пять - баба ягодка !!!!))))))))))))))))))))
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Привет! спасибо!
twin_tay
Feb. 17th, 2016 05:11 am (UTC)
I rarely comment, but now is a special occasion. Happy Birthday! May all your hopes and dreams come true!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks a lot! It's nice to hear from silent readers. :)
savin0ff
Feb. 17th, 2016 05:18 am (UTC)
Happy birthday! I wish you that you wish youself ;-)
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
It's a pleasant wish, thank you!
selfmade
Feb. 17th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC)
Congratulations!
peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!
e_d_w
Feb. 17th, 2016 05:26 am (UTC)

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peacetraveler22
Feb. 17th, 2016 06:59 pm (UTC)
Perfect, I love flowers! :)
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