Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Tomorrow I turn 60 years old. In the past, I have not been an "oh my gosh, I am ________fill in the blank with a number kind of person. I just believe age is relative and if you are healthy and content, who cares.
But I'd be lying if I said the approaching 60 mark hasn't given me pause. It's not a sad kind of pause but rather a comtemplative kind of pause. And at times during the last couple weeks it has been a "Holy cow...how did 60 come so fast?"
A common enough reaction. Time does seem to go faster as you get older but in truth if I look back over the past 60 years, it really was chock filled of great...and not so great experiences. That makes me smile because I guess I really do believe that I have lived a very full and remarkably lucky life.
I have an extended family that although we are spread out over different states, are incredibly close and supportive. I am happy that I still have the head of our family, my dad, who at 87 years old, still inspires me. We lost our beloved mom 20 years ago but her legacy still runs strong.
I am fortunate to have a fabulous husband who has given my three incredible kids. And although we are now in the college..moving out to the real world kind of stages, I couldn't be more proud of whom they have turned out to be. Of course, there were more than a few gray hairs and moments when drinking on a regular basis to cope with the antics of three teenagers was a distinct possibility, but all in all, I like them as people. Having a guy who I've never doubted for one moment and who tells me on a daily basis how much he loves me and how beautiful I am, is incredible.
Friends...so rich in that. Whether it is my college roommate who I talk to at least three times a week even though we are in different states, or my cooworkers who keep me laughing...I feel incredibly rich in friendships.
As far as physically, I have never felt better. And as you get older, you realize that health cannot be taken for granted and that what you put into it is what you get. I'm proud at the things I can do and the everything I plan to do. I will not use age as an excuse and I will keep pushing myself.
So goodbye 50's you have been great. I have every intention of rocking the 60's.