One year ago, I wrote to you in this column about family—about whether I’d ever have one of my own and what I’d learned about it from the many generations of women in my life. Of course, one year ago family was on my heart because I knew mine was changing. Last year at this time I was secretly scheduling ultrasound appointments, hoping my friends wouldn’t notice it was only juice in my wine glass until I was ready to make the official announcement: A baby girl was on the way.
I am only one year older, but it feels like absolutely everything has changed. Does going from age 32 to 33 magically make one’s life different? Of course not. It’s this new experience that has changed me—just as it is not age, but experience that defines all of us, regardless of where we are in our lives. This new season in my life brings with it great responsibility: to use what I’ve learned to make the world better, kinder, more hospitable.
This message is an excerpt from “Age and experience” by Sarah Carson in the May 2018 issue of Gather magazine
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