Saturday, March 01, 2014
Today is my 69th birthday. I am preparing to leave my 6th decade behind and begin my 7th.
On this day I look back with satisfaction on life work that is completed: raising my two sons - and working for 20 years as an educator of gifted children.
I am still working part time in a community college teaching writing skills to young people from a variety of cultures around the world.
Today I also bask in the warm glow of loving relationships with family and friends.
My husband and I have been married for 47 years. Our relationship has changed its shape several times throughout those years, and today I am happy to say that it is still defined by mutual respect and love.
I cherish the warm, loving relationship that we have with our sons and their families.
I also have the privilege of still having my mom around to share in my life.
And I particularly appreciate my good friends - who have been with me through thick and thin over the years.
Today I also celebrate that I am healthy. My family is healthy.
I never take this for granted.
Through the years, we have all had our health issues, and I’m happy to say we got past them.
I am grateful for each day that we are in good health.
On this day I also look toward tomorrow.
I have never gotten over my pure delight many years ago when I learned that President Jimmy Carter’s mother joined the Peace Corp at the age of 70.
As I approach that age for myself I toy with ideas of performing some type of service that puts me in a different environment, and that brings me to a new place, a new experience, a new understanding and learning.
I haven’t found it yet, but I am looking.
This year, there is one major goal that I will finally reach: I will have lost most of my excess body fat. Right now, my weight is 3 lbs above the lowest weight I reached here on Spark People as PennyAn45. My plan is to go below that level and then maintain the new lower weight indefinitely.
This weight loss is a dream come true for me.
Actually, it is not a dream at all. It is really a new learning.
I have learned what I need to do to lose that weight and to keep it off.
These are skills and disciplines that before now I have applied to other parts of my life - but now I am applying to my eating and weight loss.
It is good to grow and to learn. I plan to learn forever.