Yesterday was my 50th birthday. So today I am officially 50 years and 1 day old!
I really don’t feel any different that a few days ago…but I do feel a lot different from a few years ago…or was it 20 years ago?
Some people may say that I am over the hill. Lucky for me I’m not a fast climber–so I don’t feel I have actually reached the top yet!
For the next 50 years I think I am going to continue enjoying the climb and not worry too much about getting there or what the hill will look like on the other side.
I think another 50 years should be enough to decide whether I go down the hill slowly or continue to enjoy it a while longer.
There are some good things about the climb–at least that I have learned over the first 50 years–that I can pack into my backpack for the next 50 years:
- Things that were important to me when I was 20–well I can’t even remember what those things were so…NOT IMPORTANT now!
- Money comes and goes…work hard, pay your bills and enjoy your life.
- Once you have kids your life will be different forever! And it is a wonderful forever to be a part of their lives.
- You may not always be with God, but God will always be with you. Once you figure this out stick with Him–it makes life much easier.
- The real necessities of life are few–food, shelter, love and strawberries!
- Education is essential! Never stop learning and understand that the most important learning does not come from a book.
- Learn to be yourself and don’t worry about what other people think about WHO you are!
- Young people are stupid. We were stupid once too. Enjoy the show, help them if they ask, stand back and let them figure it out. We did!
- Leave the toxic people at the bottom of the hill–you do not need them on your climb.
- Drink a lot of water!
- Appreciate nature more! Sunshine, Wind, Snow, Trees, Rain, Blue Skies, plants and animals. Their energy gives you energy.
- There is no need to take yourself so seriously–no one else does!
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Pay attention to all that is around you–you never know if you are being too busy to notice the important stuff.
- Take the time to thank the people that are helping you climb this hill–you didn’t get here all by yourself.
- A few wrinkles really don’t matter.
- Ignore the people who say change is hard–it really isn’t once you’ve made up your mind.
- Accept that you cannot change the world but you can be kind to all you meet.
That’s it. Sage wisdom if you ask me…or not, see #12.
My big take away this birthday is that we should all enjoy our lives and where it leads us, there is a purpose and a reason. We may not always know what those are but it’s there. And even through the bad times–find a way to have fun, we only climb this hill once!
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