"My life is better with every year of living it!"
--- Rachel Maddow
Today . . . is my birthday.
(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!
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!