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Day 944 - The Birthday Month

Friday, June 30, 2017

Tomorrow begins the month of July, which is chock full of birthdays in my family from my grandniece's 3rd birthday on the 2nd to my dad's 86th on the 28th. In all, there are 6 birthdays to celebrate, including mine on the 23rd.

This one is a big one for me - I'll be 60 years old. Funny thing is, I don't feel it, and thankfully people tell me I don't look it either. I thank the genes I got from my parents, who look at least a decade younger than their fellow residents at their apartment complex.

Yeah, luckily I don't feel like that. Except when I do.

Those decade birthdays still make me do some reflecting on my life so far. I've had a pretty good ride, but the last 20 years have been the best. I started singing again in 1996 and met the man who would become my husband in 1998. Since then life has been fabulous with the occasional bump in the road just to remind us that we're still human.

I'm particularly inspired by my SparkFriends, some of whom are older than I am, doing amazing things. It motivates me to keep going as I start my third year of maintenance. It's a great reminder that age doesn't have to stop us from doing all we can do, and maybe a little bit more!

We can all strive to be better, and I know I'm still a work in progress. The point is, it's still progress. I will keep pushing and making the effort because I'm worth it, as the old commercial says. Age is just a number, and 60 is the new 40, right?

I'm SO looking forward to this birthday. We are celebrating in the best possible way with a trip-of-a-lifetime vacation to Europe, starting with a birthday dinner in our favorite city, San Francisco. I'm going to skip the birthday cake this year, but I might have a dessert or two on our Rhine River cruise...

It doesn't matter how old you are. What matters is what you do with the life you've been given every step of the way. I have friends who just seem to plod through each day. I wonder what makes them even get out of bed. I try to give them encouragement and hope that my words of support will help them find a different way of looking at their path in life, or at least the way they present it to the world. I wish I could do more.

So let me leave it with this. My blog post from May 2nd was about the accident that changed my life - for the better. One of the best gifts I ever received was from my dear friend OBIESMOM2, who took the closing words of that post and turned it into the most beautiful meme. I keep the image on my desktop and look at it every day as a reminder that we can ALWAYS look at the bright side.
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    Hope you had a wonderful trip to Europe, Steve! And a fab birthday! Hugs...
    1308 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Well, today is probably a busy day for you and I hope your husband spoils you rotten, because you deserve a celebration. For all you do for your family and friends, and your fellow Spark people, and every time your words pulled me up... Celebrate
    1314 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15118206
    OMG! How did I not see this post until today?!?!
    Inspiring as always! You are absolutely right, my friend! Life is what you make it. I have volunteers that inspire me everyday with their vitality and outlook on life. My favorite two are both 90 years young, still drive, volunteer, and look amazing!! I want to be like them when I grow up! emoticon
    Much love!
    1323 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    Our, my husband's and my own , future. But one thing is certain , the more you put into it, the more you are likely to get out of this life. Enjoy this time...
    1323 days ago
  • FITNIK2020
    From where I'm sitting , 60 is a dim memory. I am fitunate in that my appearance is deceiving - a family trait. Aging now is different and you already know the secret, I'm feeling contemplative today, a little nervous about the uncertainly of our fut
    1323 days ago
    emoticon Enjoy your Birthday Month! emoticon

    You truly look a lot younger!

    I hope you savor and devour that cruise in Europe and post many pics!

    As always, your blog is so delicious to read!
    1325 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I want to see pics and hear details of your cruise! I love to travel, but cannot do it as much anymore. I cannot wait to hear about this trip!
    1326 days ago
    who loves ya, baby?
    1332 days ago
    When are you going on the cruise? Hope everything is just wonderful! I will turn 70 in February, and cannot figure out how I got to be so old! Spend this whole month celebrating the gift of life! Blessings and hugs, Dawn
    1332 days ago
    A cruise??? Okay...we want DETAILS! Sounds like a fabulous time! I really, really, REALLY want to do a Viking cruise. It will be tough getting the hubs back on a boat as he associates that to a horrible time when we were on a big cruise ship and notified that we had lost our Josher. I try to explain to him it wasn't WHERE we were it was WHAT happened. We could have been at work, at home, at a restaurant, wherever. He is stunting his life to rule out any more big boat rides.,,,and worse yet...MINE!

    I think you have always looked eternally young and handsome and with a heart of pure gold. You know that goodness has no choice but to permeate to the outside! emoticon

    The fact that you really understand that we are on this earth to help and encourage those we come in contact with is so honorable! I love that your students have such a stellar role model...lucky them...lucky you...lucky me for being your friend! emoticon

    Enjoy the birthday month....I'll be celebrating right along with you! emoticon I'm ALWAYS up for a party! emoticon emoticon
    1334 days ago
    I turned 59 this year but still only own up to 52. It's only a number and that's the one I like emoticon

    Have a great birthday!
    1334 days ago
    Wishing you much success during the month of July. Have a Happy Birthday!
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    1337 days ago
    I hope you have a great birthday month.
    I hope you have a great "Birthday Trip." (That is emoticon )
    My hubby has great genes. In spite all that he has gone through he looks great. Just like you do. emoticon
    Have a great weekend.
    emoticon month.

    1337 days ago
    Happy birthday month! Sounds like you "Steves" will be having a wonderful trip. Make lots of memories and enjoy!
    1337 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    My older brother would have bee 60 earlier this year! Celebrate life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    1337 days ago
    We are all the same age inside our minds, or at least so I choose to believe. 60 was the only difficult birthday I've ever experienced- I guess I had never adjusted my perception from the mistaken concept that it meant "old". (I turned 60 this past January). But I am still me inside. Still the person that took in a deep breath of the magic of an early September morning before I started my first day of school, all those many years ago. Life is still fun. Every day. As long as I look for it to be. I do seem a little more aware of sore muscles and fatigue these days, but I blame that more on not enough exercise and a little too much of me.
    I hope your trip is even better than you can imagine, and that life stays delicious for you and Steve as time continues flowing by. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1337 days ago
    Steve~ I would of never guessed you to be 60! Maybe turning 50.. Your trip sounds really nice. I hope to be able to go to many states here in the U.S. I really want to go back to D.C. and we will right now it just isn't in the card as they say. Happy Early Birthday.. emoticon emoticon
    1337 days ago
    Love your pictures!

    I'll be hitting the same milestone in March.
    1337 days ago
    Well, happy birthday to you. I have to tell you that my 60's are pretty much the best yet. Challenges? for sure. But at this age we have the experience and smarts to handle 'em!

    Enjoy your trip. Sounds wonderful.
    1337 days ago
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY my dear wonderful friend. I hope it's all you want it to be. Enjoy your dinner in SF, I too love that city, have only been there a few times.
    And the cruise sounds like a dream. Have fun !!!
    Thank you for your faithfulness here at SP and to me. Your friendship means so much.
    Air hug coming at you from me. BEST ALWAYS and LOVE YOU,
    1337 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Age is just a number, it's what you do with the years your given that counts! You've done Good my friend and there is so much more ahead. Love to my two favorite Steve's!
    1337 days ago
    Woo Hoo Steve, lots to celebrate this month, emoticon (tomorrow we are celebrating Canada's 150th.) You certainly ARE young looking, and a handsome man to boot! Your trip sounds fabulous, and yes you need to really enjoy it to the fullest.
    You do offer a lot of motivation Steve, I for one, really appreciate all of your support. You have made me do some soul searching with your blogs, and comments. I do believe one of your blogs helped light a fire under these feet and got me going.
    1338 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Wow! Steve, you certainly do not look your age. I believe you when you say your parents look younger as well. My mother 's side of the family look a lot younger than their age. I do too. Nobody ever guesses my age correctly.
    They usually guess about 20 years younger than my true age.
    My body usually feels older, but I refuse to act like my body feels..

    Enjoy that wonderful vacation! Take lots of pictures!! Happy Birthday!
    1338 days ago
    Happy Birthday Month. I am glad you have been around to inspire and encourage me.
    Sounds like your cruise is going to be FABULOUS!!
    1338 days ago
    Happy birthday month. My birthday is in July (5th) also. I think I will get myself one of those shirts that says I am 18 with with 54 years experience. emoticon

    That is a wonderful reminder for your desktop.
    1338 days ago
    1338 days ago
    emoticon Enjoy!
    1338 days ago
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