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!


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! :–))


    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. . .


    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™‚


  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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