The Next 30: Birthday Reflections (Part 3 of 3)
Thanks to love, nurture, and life, this Monkey Girl has survived and thrived for 30 years. I’ve lived in rural towns and cities in three states, traveled to two European countries and one developing country, attend a women’s college (memoir, anyone?), earned two academic degrees, received a religious ordination, published articles, blogged, worked as a hospital chaplain, served a church, and gotten married.
In the next 30 years I hope to: publish a book, write articles on interfaith relationships, plant a garden (container or otherwise), visit my birthplace, discover even more ways to live simply, travel, dust off my violin, curb my sweet tooth, pray, read, and walk as much as I can; volunteer, teach, mentor, inspire, serve, and make a difference.
My prayer is that the next 30 years will bring endless sunny mornings to muse over summer days in Indiana, growing up in Reidsville, failing French but loving it anyway, Mrs. Guzy’s red pen, four shaping years at Salem College, discovering myself at Duke Divinity School, field education ministry placements, 36 chaplain residency on-calls in 52 weeks at UNC Hospitals, death and dying, my pastoral identity, working for Duke University, traveling, being a writer/minister, and falling in love.
What will you do with your next 30 (or 5, 10, 50) years? Blessings on your journey.