Way back in 2016 I completed a December blogging challenge called A Month of Faves. It was a great set of prompts to keep me writing here. Recently Susannah Conway posted on her Substack a December Reflections prompt for her Substack chat. I’ve decided to turn it into a blogging challenge instead. A much more approachable one than what I attempted a few months ago. So, maybe I’m not going to hibernate this month!
I admit, the first thing I thought of when I saw this prompt was the Dolly Parton song “Here I Am” from the movie Dumplin’.
It’s a great movie if you haven’t watched it!
So, here I am!
At 42 and not quite half, I’m settling into middle-age, which frankly still baffles me. My brain, when it isn’t foggy, thinks I’m in my late 20s or early 30s still. My body reminds me all the time that I’m not. I’m still learning a lot and sometimes get into that panicky mode where I realize I don’t have as much time to learn all-the-things as I once thought I did. Time moves too fast after 35.
This is me, still obsessed with the ocean but I may be plucking a few more chin hairs these days then I was at 13 when I dreamed of becoming an oceanographer!