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MORE Birthdays, Always

"My life is better with every year of living it!"
    --- Rachel Maddow

Kym first birthday

Today . . . is my birthday.

62.

(And that photo? It's my dad singing to me on my first birthday.)

I'm pretty sure I say this every year, but I sure am happy to be HAVING another birthday! About 6 or 7 weeks after I finished with my chemo in 2009, I celebrated my 50th birthday. Before my cancer diagnosis and chemo treatment, I had been dreading that "big 5-0." Why? I can't really remember, but it seemed daunting and watershed-y and . . . old. 

After chemo, though? All I wanted was MORE BIRTHDAYS! I wanted ALL my birthdays!

Because birthdays?
Not something to dread!
They are something to embrace.
And I try to do just that every year.

Yeah. Aging isn't all that appealing (my skin . . . my NECK . . . the creakiness . . . my invisibility and irrelevance . . . ), but I will take it ANY day . . . over. Well. The Alternative. I am so happy to be here, celebrating another birthday, another "trip around the sun," another year!

This morning, as I sat looking at the full moon and sipping my coffee, I came up with this list of goals . . . on my birthday, for my future:

  • to continue growing, learning, and developing
  • to contribute to the world however I can
  • challenge myself every day
  • to "clean up" after myself, and not BE a burden or LEAVE a burden to my kids
  • to keep moving
  • to find and share joy and delight
  • to recognize contentment
  • to live my best life . . . for the rest of my life

I hope you'll celebrate with me today . . . as we all age as gracefully as we can!

 

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Michelle B.

Happy birthday! I hope you have a great day.

Kat

Happy Birthday, Kym! May this day usher in the most amazing year yet! xo

Vicki

Happy Birthday, Kym!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carolyn

Happy 62 to you!!! Oh, the timing. I was just telling Matt your take on birthdays, post-cancer, last night. (I think you were diagnosed around the same age.) So what a post to find here this morning! Enjoy your celebrating!!! I celebrate you.

Carolyn

P.S. Your Dad has phenomenal eyebrows. How striking. I'll bet they still are.

Patty

Have a very happy birthday!

Shirley

Happy Birthday, Kim! May this day be filled with knitting, sewing, gardening and joy.

Bonny

Happy, Happy Birthday, Kym! I admire your attitude towards aging (even though I always think of you as young). My father used to complain about getting old until I got him a card that said "Don't complain about getting old - many people do not get to enjoy that privilege." (I got one for myself as a reminder.) It is a joy and privilege and you are making the most of it.

Christine Walther

Happy Birthday, Kym! And may you have many happy returns of the day!

MelodyA

Happy Happy Birthday Kym and Happy New Year because our Birthdays are really the beginning of OUR NEW YEAR!!! So I wish you Good Health, Joy, Comfort, Peace, Adventures and Challenges and lots of LOVE and Happiness in this NEW YEAR!!! BE SAFE from Iowa

Geri

Happy Birthday Kim! May your next journey around the sun be filled with Love, Peace, Reunions, Friendship and Adventure!

Sarah

Happiest of birthdays to you, Kym! I am so thrilled to have gotten to know you over the past year because the way you approach life is truly an inspiration. I know I'm a few (hehe) years behind you and have been lucky to have had good health thus far in my life, but having now lived through a global pandemic and seeing how precious and delicate life is, I am determined to be thankful for every year of life I get. I hope I'll be wishing you a happy birthday for many years to come!

Karel

Oh, happy, happy birthday, new old friend! I will for sure hoist one in your honor this evening. On April 7 I'll be two weeks past my second covid vaccine and will consider myself as protected as possible. Once you reach that point... time to hoist our beers in person, yes? I am so looking forward to meeting you! Again happy birthday. I agree: they are all wonderful.

Carole

And I want you to have ALL the birthdays! I'm so glad you're here, I'm so glad we're friends, and I'm wishing you the most wonderful birthday of all because it's the one you have right.now. Love you!

Bridget

Happiest of birthdays! And wishes for so many more. xoxoxo

Julia in KW

Happy birthday, Kym! Wonderfully thoughtful list! I do so enjoy your blog (thought I should let you know!).😉. All the best for a terrific next year! Enjoy!🎉🎂🍷

Dee

Happy birthday. Wishing you many more happy journeys around the sun.

Pam

Happy happy birthday! I'm late by your time zone, but maybe you're planning to keep celebrating!

Mary

Best (now belated!) Wishes for many many more birthdays!!

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