This post is not about politics. Instead, it is about what is important in life. In the wake of Barbara Bush’s death, I keep coming across this quote. It sticks with me, and I can’t help but realize this is how I have tried to live my life thus far. I hope one day it will pay off.
This quote is the reason why I moved back to Michigan after falling in love with Austin, Texas and even beginning my career in Houston. It is why I moved back to Omer, Michigan to help take care of my grandmother. It is also the reason why I can’t imagine living far from family, even if it would greatly benefit my career (and social life) to do so.
That is only the beginning. This quote also contains the reason why a ten-year relationship dissolved. It helps to explain decades of worry regarding how I will ever create a family of my own, as well as my struggle to do just that. In short, it is why I get up every morning. It is my why. If someone ever wanted to understand the craziness that is my life at times, all he or she would have to do is think of the implications of this quote. I choose to try and avoid such regrets. I still have them, but I imagine not quite so many as others.
When I think of the elder Bushes, I think of their marriage of 73 years. Frankly, I can’t imagine being that in love. Unfortunately, I have no frame of reference. I also can’t imagine facing that large of a loss in life. It saddens me. My maternal grandparents were married 56 years. At this point, my parents have already been married 40 years. At 37, I am beginning to wonder if I will ever meet the right man. If I don’t, I won’t be the only one missing out.
On a lighter note …