A few weeks ago, in discussion with a friend, Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine doctoral student Deborah Gray found herself bemoaning the idea of aging. She explained that she is not afraid or saddened by death but instead is grieving the loss of youth. In the process of explaining her sadness, Deb realized what grieves her most is the loss of firsts. “The first day of school, the first date, the first marriage, the first baby, etc.” Deb further explained that, “As always, life has a way of challenging my beliefs.”
Last week Deb had a wonderful opportunity to realize that her worries were for naught. She was blessed with the opportunity for a number of new firsts; visiting Inuvik, Canada in the Arctic Circle, being a co-presenter with Dr. Fred Luskin, Director of the Stanford Forgiveness Project, tasting caribou stew, flying Canadian North Airlines (tagline, “Seriously North”). Lastly, she got her first marriage proposal from a homeless man while visiting the local homeless shelter in Inuvik.