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Fitting Forty. A journey renewed.

When I was growing up on the south side of Chicago, my family and I had an Easter Tradition. My mom, sisters and I would stay up on Easter eve, dye eggs and watch The Ten Commandments. Even though I’ve seen that movie sooooo many times, I make sure to sit myself down and watch it like I never seen it before in my life! It never ceases to amaze me that this motion picture was able to capture such great visuals not utilizing the technology available today. The sets were elaborate, the costumes were glamorous, the acting was over the top and who can forget the parting of the Red Sea! My kind of flick!

In the Ten Commandments, I had a favorite character but it wasn’t Moses . Too much like right to cheer for the hero! I personally like the villain which was Pharaoh Ramesses II played by Yule Brenner.  There were several things I loved about his character. I loved the simple satin linens that were perfectly accessorized golden armor. I loved the way he stood with legs slightly outside shoulder width apart with hands on his side and the stern look on his face in every scene. That was his command stance that he used often to let everyone know around him that he was ruler and he had final say over everything. With that said, my most favorite thing about him was when he made a decree that was going to be placed in record, he would utter the most iconic words, “So let it be written, so let it be done”!

I suppose writing a thing and watching it come to pass is what lead me to this point in my life. Today is a pivotal day. It is the day I turn 40. Such a significant age. It represents new generation (birth), it represents test and represents journey. In the Ten Commandments, the Israelites were show wandering the desert for 40 years until they were able to enter Canaan which was their promise land. They journeyed for 40 years and the trip only would have taken 10 days. They had to wander that time to allow a new  generation to be born to inherit the land that point.

As I reach my 40 year on this Earth, I have been through quite a journey. I have experience happiness, sadness, loss and triumph. The greatest triumph that I celebrate everyday was taking my health into my hands and making a decision to save my life. I am super proud that I have lost close to 260 pounds .Now I embark on a new leg of this journey. Part of it is maintaining but I see me opened to new things as well. Open to what life has to offer. Opening my heart to new experiences and constantly challenging myself to become better. I so want my loved ones to come with me on this journey, as well as new loves too.

I know my journey is not just for me. I know that I went through the trials I experienced to help others who may be struggling with the same issues I faced. This blog is an attempt to share those experiences (old and new) that you may glean from it and set your sights on the journey laid before you. So I ask you, with no bravado, would you like to take this trip with me? Say yes and you will never be the same.