I usually hate “chain-letter” emails or Facebook posts. You know the ones I mean: “Cut and paste/ forward this message to all of your friends because if you don’t you are a heartless b*tch/ you hate puppies/you will be hit by a bus”. But I received one of those emails today, and here’s what it said, in part:
I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I’ve aged, I’ve become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I’ve become my own friend.. I don’t chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn’t need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.
I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
It landed in my inbox at a perfect time, because I had already decided that I made a mistake 6 months ago when I started blogging with two different blogs.
When I started blogging, I was really fearful about mixing personal and business, HR and handicap parking. I was worried that no one would read what I wrote, because I was either not serious about cutting edge HR, or I was boring those people who don’t give a crap. So I started two blogs, one for personal musings and one for HR/business. I wasn’t happy with this format, though. Then I watched this video:
I’m not worried anymore. Like the quote says, I am old enough not to care. So this is my “new” blog – which just combines what I liked best of both. HR University is closed; now I’m Just Joan.