Melanie is the host of SYW
What are you most proud of in the last year?
My proudest moment was when my eldest daughter completed her Ph.D. program and was awarded a doctorate in artificial intelligence.
I’m also quite proud of the fact that I survived 2020 and almost half of 2021 without going full-out crazy!
If you see a puddle on the ground, do you walk around it or give in to the child within and splash about?
I walk around as I don’t want to slip. Slipping or falling is really not good for a person with two artificial knees.
Do you feel free? Why or why not?
I do feel free. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. When I turned 40, my mother’s younger sister gave me this priceless advice; After 40, don’t give a damn about what others may think or say about you. It doesn’t matter and shouldn’t concern you. I took her advice to heart and I feel free to make my choices. I feel no pressure from the society or family and friends concerning my behavior, dressing, or how I spend my time.
What life skills are rarely taught but are extremely useful?
How to deal with a mother-in-law! Lol!
But jokes aside we seldom learn how to convey our thoughts in a positive manner, without hurting others or putting them on defensive. This is a game changer in adult life and everyone should learn this. Communication is very important and good communication skills are worth the time we spend on learning them.
GRATITUDE SECTION (always optional)
Please share some gratitude with everyone! There are lots of reasons just now I think!
My grandson has completed his primary school and will now start middle school after the summer break.
And we may be adopting a rescue cat in a week’s time! 😻
Thank you so much Melanie for these lovely questions.