So many things define me. I could list pilot, hiker, warrior, princess, swimmer, or thespian. I could describe learning the lessons of history, technology or nature. I could say I'm an advocate, a geek, or a talmudah. I might mention confidant, friend, parent, grandparent, child or sister. I could speak of conquered obstacles or those yet to be mastered. I could claim the title of professor, rocket scientist, failure engineer, manager, mentor, consultant, or simply teacher.
G-d richly blessed me with intelligence, determination, and whit. He surrounded me with friends and family. He also blessed me with remarkable and seemingly insurmountable challenges. Torah study informs me that a curse accompanies every blessing, and a blessing for every curse. G-d also sends me from time to time reminders when I forget this perspective.
G-d has also taught me to answer some important questions. Who is rich? And Who is wise? Richness, I learned, is not measured in money. Wisdom is not measured in brilliance. My grandmother seemed to be the simplest woman I'd ever met. I now know that she was among the wisest.
As I grew older my definition of beauty shifted from lust to intimate and sometimes intellectual connections.
I strive to be a better me each day. Some days I succeed more than others. Some days I just breathe, in and out.