Life is complex. Twists, turns, expected, unexpected, pleasant, sad, easy, challenging, priorities, preferences. There are so many components to what defines us. A friend and I were talking yesterday about what we choose to "lead with". At times, this seems like it's not really our choice, but after giving this some good thought over the past 24 hours I have decided that most of us have the power to decide what we "lead with".
Readers of this blog know that I turned fifty this year, but it's not what I choose to lead with. I prefer to lead with liberal, happy, creative, funny, tolerant, who happens to be fifty. Lately I've been pushed into "Fifty-year-old Kalliope", and I don't like it one bit. I realize I don't like it, because I choose not to lead with it.
Choosing what you lead with rather than having that put upon you, very important. Maintaining it, albeit sometimes difficult, even more important.