As I sink deeper into my chair I think of all the things that I have wanted to accomplish in my life. There were so many goals and plans. I was going to have a wonderful career. I was going to be happily married, and have a family. I was going to have a house, with a gorgeous garden.

And then I start to review what I have actually accomplished. I have a happy marriage. We don’t have children, but we have cats, and a home, and friends. My husband cherishes me, and I cherish him and every day I can spend with him. To me, this is far more important than any dreams of material possessions that I may have had, and for this I am truly grateful.