I'm fifty years old, which feels like a special kind of halfway point. It's only a halfway point in life if you're very lucky, but it can be viewed as halfway through your adult life, so we'll go with that. What am I going to do with this gift of time?
1. I have bold plans to see my grandchildren grow up and my children grow middle-aged. When I became a grandmother at 46, one of my more mathematically oriented friends did some counting on his fingers and said, "You're very likely to see your great-grandchildren, and you've got a shot at living to see your great-great-grandchildren." How cool is that?
2. I'd like to live for a fairly protracted period of time in a foreign country--maybe for a summer, maybe longer.
3. I'd like to learn a foreign language. Coincidentally, I am even now taking a foreign language online. Unfortunately for my plan to live abroad, it is Latin, so it would take a time machine to take me someplace where I can mingle with native speakers.
4. Clearly, I need to also learn Italian, since I adore Italy. I already know a few words. Andiamo!
5. I want to spend some time living in a city. Maybe not forever. It would be hard to give up a suburban-sized yard full of vegetables and flowers forever. But I love art and culture and I'm attracted to the energy of a vibrant city. I may achieve this goal next year, because...
6. ...I'm planning to return to graduate school next year for a PhD in English. I write books. I figure I should learn how I do what I do, so that I can teach other people how. I love to teach. So maybe I'll go to school in a big city. It will not, however, be a big foreign city, because I cannot live so far from my grandchildren. It will be an American city with a hub airport from which I can take frequent flights to my kids and grandkids.
7. I spent the first half of my adult life looking for a life partner who wants a strong, intelligent, and deeply feminine woman in his life. To day, when I have found that want, it was accompanied by a desire for that woman to not only take care of herself, but him, too. And his children, if we had them. So I'm focusing on that elusive word "partner," and I'm living a life of my own while I look.
8. I'd like to develop a physical fitness level higher than that of the bookworm that I am. Current efforts include jazz and ballroom dance lessons, which are more vigorous than you might think, when done right. When I slow down and take a moment to do some yoga, I'm always glad I did, so I'm planning to do more of that.
9. I'd like to play the piano better. I'll never be a professional, but I can get better over time. So I will.
10. I'd like to write a lot more books.
P.S., my first book, Artifacts, is currently free in the Kindle and Apple stores. My wonderful publisher has also marked the rest of the series down dramatically. Some of the books are as cheap as $2.50. If you'd like to give Faye's adventures a try, here's the link:Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery (Faye Longchamp Series)