Mr. JP, all of 2-years-old, is providing pre-dinner entertainment by showing us how much he adores his Hot Wheels cars by kissing each and every one. My laughter in the background is genuine and adoring of his innocent happiness.
Thanks to my brother Brian for the photo.
Over the weekend I was digging around our basement when I came across some early photos of my (now) husband and I when we first met. As I perused the photos I thought about how much has happened in a decade. When we met, mobile phones were rare – although he had one, it was the size of a shoe and you can imagine how well it stayed connected. We were both young in our careers although a year after meeting, we both started our own companies. I still remember sitting on his bed (the only available space due to a roommate who was using the living room to host a new girlfriend) in a cramped apartment in Beacon Hill, writing a business plan with him and his partner. They eventually sold the company and I still run mine.
We’ve learned a lot since then, not only about business and technology, but about love, loss, relationships and new experiences like parenthood. We survived – and so did our companies – the dot com boom and the resulting bust. We’ve grown through two houses, three dogs, two children, three nannies and more than a dozen 18-hour drives to Michigan and Hilton Head. We’ve seen friends and family get married and sadly, divorced. We watched, terrified, the September 11 attacks in 2001 and we prayed every day, terrified, for my brother to return safely from his resulting Iraq deployment. We’ve cheered successes and commiserated over failures – but we always kept going. We’ve been to too many funerals, not enough parties and a fair share of vacations (with and without the kids – that is key!).
Kidding around in 2001 – laughter keeps us going
Life comes at you fast. Sometimes, when you are caught up in the day-to-day stresses or monotony you can forget this fact. Relish every good moment, seize opportunity and go for what you want.
One of my favorite quotes is “When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the ones you did.“ So today, if you’ve been wondering if you should “go for it” – do it. Before you know it, a decade will pass and you’ll be glad that you did.
Every May during our annual family vacation to Hilton Head, we have to turn off any ocean-facing lights off 9 p.m. The city requires this in respect to the nesting sea turtles, in an attempt to help the creatures flourish. Bright lights can confuse the turtles and cause them harm or an untimely death.
Interestingly, night lights are not only dangerous to sea turtles but to humans, too. A recent article in U.S. News & World Report highlights the dangers of a “bright night” – indicating that breast cancer is nearly twice as common in brightly lit communities as in dark ones, and that light pollution costs our nation about $10.4 billion a year.
In an effort to encourage others to pay attention to this growing issue, more than two dozen cities worldwide will dim their lights on March 29 in an hour-long demonstration. According to the article, Atlanta, Chicago, Phoenix and San Francisco will all join in the demonstration by turning off the lights of some notable landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge.
You can help alleviate light pollution and its harmful effects – such as disorientation to outdoor animals and hormonal disturbances in humans that can possibly fuel tumor growth – by turning off outdoor lights by 10 p.m. To read more about the possible harmful effects of bright nights and light pollution, visit U.S. News & World Report or the International Dark-Sky Association – a “non-profit member organization that teaches others how to preserve the night sky through fact sheets, law references, pictures, and web resources.”