Assets in Action: Life is short — slow down, hold on for the ride

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, I feel like the column should be called, “It’s all about me,” and “It’s not about me at all.”
Today starts the long, slow crawl to 50, and the previous year and a half has been a stressful time, to say the least.
It has been a time to see what you’re made of, grab the bull by the horns and hold on for the ride.
I’ve always had friends with children a year or two older than our children.
I highly recommend it, because these little nuggets of wisdom can be stored, like a squirrel stores nuts and pulled out when you really need them.
So the same might be true of having a friend that is a few years older than you. Perhaps it will help you see what’s ahead and perhaps at the same time, you don’t want to know.
I had a friend that had already hit the magic age of 50. She had some health problems, but was battling through along the way.
Then unexpectedly, she died in her sleep. Yep, 50 years old and gone overnight.
My heart aches for her husband, because he’s just slightly younger than my husband and his life has been uprooted in a flash.
The last few years have highlighted, yet again, that doing something for someone else really makes life worthwhile.  You only need a handful of really good friends to help you navigate the terrain when life gets hard.
You also need something bigger than yourself to put your trust in for the future.
It’s so easy to do good in the world and to take the high road. Sometimes you have to not worry what other’s think or just set aside when you know there is someone hoping you don’t succeed.
It doesn’t always mean you can do something about it, but you still hold on for the ride.
Life seems all about kind gestures, holding a door, thanking a past or present service member, allowing someone to cut in the traffic lane and understanding that there are always new drivers on the road.
One of the great things about this community is the number of senior citizens that could run circles around most of us. It encourages you that there’s still so much ahead.
They are energetic, compassionate, wise and funny. They have known tough times and know the goodness of life.  
Life is short, so slow down, don’t let little things bother you all of the time because that can become its own form of cancer.
Life is good, so remember that from time to time.

Bernadette Lauritzen is the Executive Director of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).