Afternoon walk on campus. As much as I miss the Middle East, I have to say that Michigan does October just right.
I turned forty yesterday and look back with appreciation, pride, and optimism at leaving home young on a path of my own (age 14), finding love (age 19), marrying (age 25), getting a PhD (age 28), earning tenure (age 35), completing a Fulbright and finding a second love aka "Lebanon" (age 36-37).
I've never solved some of my own biggest puzzles and problems; perhaps at the close of the next forty years I'll be able to say otherwise. My weight, my own mental health, my ability to juggle gracefully all the happy and challenging things in front of me...struggles, all of these.