Originally published by Laura Day at The Huffington Post, August 13, 2010.
I met a man the other night who described his life as complicated. I found the statement odd because life is complicated. No one gets past 50 without complications. Whether it’s your partners, ex-partners, children, aging parents, illness or unthinkable losses and the necessary adjustments, the list could fill pages. As you go through complications, you choose between cutting off from life and resigned hopelessness or you acquire depth, compassion, integrity and passion, all of which are important and valuable human qualities revealed through experience, courage and time.