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What can go wrong when you careen down steep hills on a skateboard

What can go wrong when you run back and forth across planks on tall scaffolding set up in front of buildings?

What can go wrong when you jump across giant holes near UC Hospital on the hill where they’re doing construction?

What can go wrong when you play at Ocean Beach in San Francisco where it’s low tide and the undertow hits suddenly?

What can go wrong when you climb up and down slippery cliffs above the ocean and the bay?

What can go wrong when you stay out past dark even though you heard that the Zodiac killer it out and about?

We felt invincible when we were young, like we could do anything and nothing bad would happen to us. But then life hit me in the face and I realized I wasn’t as invincible as I thought I was. Like when my evil stepfather entered the picture and cast a dark spell on all of us. It was up to me to fight the darkness and I did, but it took at least three years and lots of courage to speak up, and then that spell went away.

And now that I’m older, I turned 64, I realize that life is fragile and we must grab each moment and make it ours. I know that over half my life is over, though I don’t like to think about it. I no longer careen down hills on skateboards or anything like that. In fact, I’m careful when I hike downhill now. and I stay on the main trails up in the woods. I don’t go off on those side trails that can be challenging, and who knows where I’ll end up.

Now my kids are grown, Stevie turned 40 this year. The other three are 38, 37 and 29. What the heck happened? I have grandkids now. And I even have a relatively new boyfriend. I have lots to live for. My mom passed away at the age of 64 so long ago… Life really felt fragile after she passed in 1997. Then my Dad left in 2014. I’m the matriarch of our family now.

Live life to its fullest!

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