Another Birthday

Birthdays are like jelly-beans—they’re colourful, fun, numerous and tasty. When we were younger, birthdays meant a happy day filled with laughter, family, friends and food–especially cake. Being young, we would anxiously count the years to 16 and our driver’s license; 19 and a chance to cast a vote; 21 and finally considered an “adult.”

Being older, we begin to look at birthdays a little differently. There’s a bit of tension when the 30s, 40s and 50s pass. Suddenly, you find yourself in the 60s and 70s. Where did the years go?

I have a different perspective. My mantra is “You’re only as old as you feel.” And, I feel like I’m still in my 40s–well, okay, maybe some days early 50s. It really depends whether I had a good night’s sleep and myΒ nibble of dark chocolate.

Birthdays are an event that comes around every 365 days; 366 days if it’s a leap year and this year happens to be one. Who decided that we are older each 365/366 days? Why are we supposed to age? Whatever happened to being “young at heart?”Β  Hey, as long as one has good health, financially stable, a happy outlook and knowing you can do anything you want, (as long as it’s legal)–what more can a person need or want?

There’s so many things to tackle and not enough years to do it all. So far I have tried Jazzercise, Hawaiian Dancing. Burlesque-Fit, Line Dancing, Zumba, Nuline Dancing, Ukulele and Guitar–all of which trains the memory as one moves to music or play the music. It’s been fun and still is as a number the dance classes are social events as well as fun classes.

I firmly believe that we reach a stage in our life where you must enjoy what you have while you can. But one thing for sure, you have to keep moving, no matter what. I intend to keep exercising my body and mind; enjoying my family and friends; relishing every moment of being alive and knowing there’s more good stuff around the next bend. Remember birthdays are only a number and if you’re feeling younger than what the number says, then for goodness sakes, celebrate and enjoy!

It’s been a blast for me the last two weeks as I embrace another birthday and thankful I have family and friends to share the moment. Happy Birthday to all my January friends–keep moving and dive into that bucket list now!

 

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18 thoughts on “Another Birthday

  1. Belated many happy returns! I must admit, I tend not to advertise my birthday because I don’t like the fuss. It also then gives me leave not to fuss over other people’s :–) Last March was my fiftieth, but it happened during a particularly lean period financially, so we didn’t do much about it. Also, we’d just moved to a new city, so didn’t know many people. And, to be honest, I didn’t really mind. Also, our flat is too small to invite more than two people at a time, and if you suggest a restaurant/bar, then you should pay for everyone, which is beyond my means at the moment. Perhaps another year. This year, H and I might just take the day off work! :–))

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    1. Thank you, Katia for your good wishes. When I was a little kid, my b-day was too close to Christmas and New Year’s so my birthdays were pretty quiet. However, as an adult, I think I made up for lost years when I hit my late 40s πŸ˜‰ I do hope you and H can take time off and truly enjoy your day. And if not, anytime with a great partner and a glass of wine will make it “special,”—dark Belgian chocolate will make it even more so or a cherry soaked in liqueur and tucked inside will make it extra-super special or. . .

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    1. Thank you, Tess—the last of my January friends will have her birthday lunch this week and then there will be a nice reprieve from all that birthday cake before we start another two weeks of celebrating Year of the Monkey beginning February 8th!
      That’s also my year. . . πŸ™‚

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  2. Happy birthday!
    You are only as old as you feel.
    In my twenties, I conducted a series of interviews regarding aging–basically do you feel old. A fifty something classmate said, “Yes!”
    My newly retired father said, “Getting there.”
    My eighty year old grandma said, “No.”
    (I’ve summarized their responses.)
    I’ve made a point to remember those interviews–especially when I start feeling old.

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  3. I totally agree with the theory of being as old as you feel–thank you for your interview results, Leanne. I love your grandma’s answers as that’s exactly how I feel too! And thank you for the birthday greeting πŸ™‚

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