Last weekend, I mingled with people I hadn't seen in 30 years at my high school reunion. One of the first questions we asked: "What have you been up to for the last 30 years?"
Just spitting out an answer to that question made me realize this was one of those milestones that encourages you to take inventory of your life and search for clarity. What have I been doing? Am I happy?
I've kept in touch with many of my high school friends and seeing them again made me go back to my roots and think about what I was like as a teen and whether I had followed the path I set out on decades ago. I am in a happy place, but I can tell you I never intended on having children. Somewhere along the way, I re-shifted my priorities. I'm glad I did.
A few of my friends who attended the reunion admitted to me they are not happy with their work life balance -- they work too much, have neglected their health or want to relocate closer to family. I urged them to make a change. The experience inspired my Miami Herald column this week.