Was there a particularly pivotal year for you? Mine was 30, nearly 15 years ago. During that year, I got pregnant after several years of fertility. I also got engaged, married, spent 8 weeks inpatient in the hospital. Delivered twins 3.5 months early and spent the next 3 months visiting them in the NICU. We brought them home with many, many tubes, wires, beeping, oxygen, feeding tubes, heart rate monitors, apnea monitors, pulse oximeters, pumps, suction units, round the clock care. It was also the year I lost my mom and my grandma; the people I treasured the most, to long, chronic illnesses.
I learned much in that year. Patience, how quickly things go can change, how precious life is, not to sweat the small stuff, there are secret hospital menus, how little sleep is actually necessary to function, gratitude, gratitude, gratitude.