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.