Faith. Fight. Fun.

Last Friday I was skiing with my friend Sandy. I had just turned 50 a few weeks before and wasn’t sure what to think about it. Sandy said to me, “Sara, do you realize that you’ve entered the decade of faith and fight and fun?”

skiing on the tips

As we rode up the lift together, Sandy encouraged me to live the next 10 years under that motto. After all, it had worked for her. And beyond. Even in her 70’s Sandy is one of the most energetic, optimistic people I know.

We talked about making snow angels (which she still does) and about wanting to fly–wondering if in heaven we will be able to do that without wings. We talked about how skiing is almost like flying. And we talked about music and hope and why people have forgotten they were born happy.

I teach writing to college students, and the first question I ask them is this: “When you were little, what kind of person were you?” Always they share of how happy and carefree they were.

But when does that happiness get covered over? How long does it take for the hard things of the world to beat our joy down into the bottom of our memories?

So I ask them to write those hard things, and I write along with them, and in the process we find little pieces of joy–like fragments of stained glass–rising up through our writing, coloring and lighting our lives again.

“Sara,” Sandy reminded me, “this is the decade of joy for you. Have faith. Fight with passion for what you want.”

“But mostly–just have fun.”

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3 Responses to Faith. Fight. Fun.

  1. R E Lumpp says:

    I like your friend! It sounds like the “abundant life” 🙂

  2. Shirley says:

    Sara, I love it that you are already embracing 50 with lots of fun activities (wow, snow skiing) and time with encouraging friends! Yes, you deepen your faith, fight for the things worthy of being fought for, and have that FUN that we all had as children, when we did not carry so many burdens……burdens of dreams unfulfilled, failures, regrets, lost relationships and all those beastly things that Satan uses to steal our joy! I will be looking forward to more musings and stories from a unique and gifted lady that I am happy to call friend!

  3. Gelynne says:

    Sara, what lovely wisdom from your friend! That same birthday is not far off for me, grateful for you sharing this here. I love snow angels and to meet this dear friend who understands that you are never too old to make them!

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