It’s interesting to look back at what we thought life as an adult would be like when we were a child. Care-free, able to do whatever we wanted, go where ever we wanted, or the big one go to bed whenever we wanted. Life always seems so much easier through the eyes of a child. If memory serves me right I was desperate to be a ballerina, teacher, astronaut, and artist all wrapped into one. Life as an adult seemed so far away, but the truth is we spend so much more time as an adult than we do as a child. I would never imagine as a child that I would look forward to being in bed by 10pm or earlier some nights. There was never any worry of money, or being responsible. Those are lessons learned through life, and one very helpful economics class in high school.

Life as an adult throws us curve balls. I don’t know that I would ever have imagined that I would be where I am today. I would have never imagined that I would taking care of my parents already at 27. Flash forward 7 1/2 years and it seems we have circled back to the beginning. One had back surgery just before Christmas, which lead to Christmas day in the ER. The other now has a bothersome hip, which means my days off from work have turned into cleaning, picking things up, and cooking. It’s a job I never thought I would have until I was much older. Life it seems has quite the sense of humor. I don’t mind doing it though. They took care of me as a child, and made sure I could all of the opportunities that they could afford. Some days giving back is easy. Other days I struggle. It’s one of the many reasons I run, or find contentment through things like photography, breakfast gabbing over coffee with a good friend, or discovering I’m stronger than I think I am thanks to pilates.

Now I find myself looking to see where I’m headed in the future. While life may have been a bit of a struggle at the end of 2013 I’m hopeful of what 2014 may bring. The year starts with a blank slate. We can craft it however we want, create goals to find new heights, or sometimes even get back to the simple things in life like curling up with a good book. Life in 2013 took lots of twists. Some of the goals were left waiting to be met another time, and others were far exceeded. Here’s to 2014 and the new start it brings!

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