As I am now living in the afternoon of life I observe and listen a lot more. In my 30’s I was on a power trip, in my 40’s I was reaching my lofty goals, in my 50’s I really started to reflect and now in my 60’s I see, hear, and learn. My oldest daughter is a hamster. She is going so fast on the wheel of life I am not sure how long her legs can keep up the pace she has set for herself. When I look back, I can cast no stones as I was exactly like that. Thus all comes full circle as she retorts: “Where do you think I learned it from!” Flash forward to the future and I can now clearly hear my mother saying: “You have to learn to pace yourself.” My daugher’s latest goal; as she is works part time, raises a 3 yr. old, runs a business, in the middle of selling their house and moving, is now training as a Road Warrior for the cancer ride between Vancouver and Seattle in a couple of weeks. But such are the adult stages of life. My youngest daughter is a turtle, an introvert and completely content with a much slower pace of life..Ahhhh! The strangest thing about that is she has always had her own pace and to a hamster it can be very irritating. She also started collecting turtles at an early age and now believe it or not, she is married to a sheep farmer’s son in the little town of Turtleford! So now that I approach learning to fly I can take a higher view of the bigger picture and see more. Such is wisdom as it is earned on the journey of life. So I ask you – ARE YOU A HAMSTER OR A BIRD??