It's my birthday today! I'm another year older and another year, I hope, wiser. Popping champagne and celebrating with my family tonight with a yummy dinner out. I'm not sure where we'll go, but it is always a treat for me to hang up my apron and be served for a change.
Yes, it's true. I'm getting "older." But I don't care. I look younger than my age, I'm in fairly good health with the exception of a pesky thyroid, and the people I care about are still kicking around the block. Life is good. Sure, every new year brings a change that isn't always pleasant. The pesky thyroid has wrecked havoc with my weight, but heck, I'm not huge. I'm just normal. Another change has been with my eyesight. I have all these little glasses tucked in different rooms just to read labels and books. The good news is that my diminishing ability to read up close has also had the pleasant side effect of my not being able to see all my blemishes or any additional wrinkles that might line my face.
Note: I do have a "magnifying mirror." I only use it to see those pesky hairs in my chin so I can pluck them.
Some people get all grumpy about turning another year older. I've read blogs about it. The people who are most freaked out are usually a lot younger than me. To be honest, I've never worried about getting older. I have enjoyed each age and each adult stage so much that to moan and groan about some silly number seems ridiculous. After all, I've gained so much besides pounds and wrinkles and a few extra chin hairs. I've gained a greater sense of myself and who I am and who I want to be when I am fully cooked.
I am by no means fully cooked. I have so much more to learn and to accomplish. I celebrate my birthday with joy because I love life. If I have a choice between celebrating oh, let's say, 35 or 85, or not being here at all, I pick either age.
As long as I am breathing, I have my cognitive abilities, and I can move around with relative ease, who am I to complain about a number? It's not a score. It is a number. It doesn't define me. It only means that I'm still here.