Anne Lamott sure has a way with words. And in this short piece in The Washington Post, the Bird by Bird author’s words are about the aging process.

“Away from brain and ambition, toward heart and soul…” Nailed it!

And then there’s this:

My dad said after his cancer diagnosis that we are all on borrowed time, and it is good to be reminded of this now and again.

My most recent reminder came at the beginning of this month, when my dear friend Ned passed away suddenly. As we gathered to mourn his loss, we were also coming to grips with the fact that it means while we’re all unsure when we’ll be picked in God’s version of the NFL draft, we’re all “on the clock.”

A lot of us thought when we were younger that we might want to stretch ourselves into other areas, master new realms. Now, I know better. I’m happy with the little nesty areas that are mine. 

So true. The clock is ticking, but so’s my heart. And I just need to make sure it’s in the right place.