Over the Hill
by Adam Huddleston
I stand at the top of the hill. My forties stretch out before me. In the distance, I can see where the land rises to another hill, somewhat shorter than this one. I suppose its normal for a person to evaluate their life when they reach certain milestones. Tim McGraw sang about his future after turning thirty, though I have no idea if that song was written then or not.
1. Focus more on family. I feel that I do a pretty good job overall of spending time with my kids, but I could always do more. A little less tv watching and a few more piggyback rides will go a long way toward a closer bond.
2. Focus more on God. That bible on my shelf gets opened, but not nearly enough. I’m actually looking forward to starting a reading plan, more specifically, a comprehensive one that covers the entire scriptures.
3. Focus more on my health. A few years ago I had dropped about forty pounds and was feeling great. My self-esteem was higher and I could tie my shoes without getting winded! A visit to my doctor is in order, but even if that doesn’t happen soon, fewer late-night meals and soft drinks will surely help.
4. Focus more on writing. I recently moved all of my written works from my old laptop to my newer one. It’s actually quite exciting to see all my old friends in their new place and I’m looking forward to finishing some of those drafts.