In Japan there's a silly joke people sometimes play with the number 39, pronouncing each number individually like "さん きゅう"1. This sounds very similar to the Katakana English way of saying "thank you", which is where people will try to use the number in a light-hearted fashion. We often see this in marketing advertisements or items targeted at young people. I mention this because today marks the completion of my 39th orbit around the sun and the beginning of the next. While most of my thirties have been marked with a great deal of stress, strife, and struggle, the last few years have actually been pretty darn nice.
All in all, I have a lot to be thankful for.
With this in mind, one of the big goals I have for the coming year is to get back into meditation with the goal of being able to relax every so often. As with many things, when we take a step back from the issues that stress or anger us, it's possible to disconnect ourselves from our natural responses. From here it — generally — becomes easier to either find a better solution or otherwise approach the situation with a calmer head. This isn't always possible, but just a little more perspective in my life would go a long way to resolving the things I dislike about myself.
After nearly four decades of being me, there is still a lot of room for improvement.
- Which would be pronounced: san kyuu ↩