Is Age Just a Number?

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Today is my birthday!

It has been one whole year since I turned 60.  I am more accepting of this number and am looking forward to this upcoming year.

I have often heard that age is just a number and it should not define who I am or my outlook on life. My thought: Age is most definitely a number and it actually has defined who I am and my outlook on life. I am not the same person I was when I was in my 20’s, 40’s or 50’s and my outlook has most definitely changed.

In some ways, the life I have lived is not the life I thought I would live.  Life hasn’t always been fair and I have made some poor decisions. I have seen my youthful dreams give way to hard work, falling down and getting up again…. and again. Over time I have begun to understand that falls can be learning experiences and I have become more flexible and resilient.

On the other hand, my life has been a treasured journey full of amazing experiences. Giving birth and raising my children, being a wife, a sister to siblings, a daughter to my parents, a friend to my bonus daughters, a Mimi or Sweeta to my grandchildren, adventures with my best friend, and my job as an educator have provided incredibly enriching experiences. I have travelled many places, tasted different foods, and listened to lots of music. I have my faith, people who love me, and daily laughter in my life.

I am beginning to understand that the wrinkles and gray hairs I see as I gaze at my reflection each morning in the bathroom mirror represent the inner battles I won. They also represent the battles I witness, when all I can do is worry.  They signify real life and each one has a story.  Age is a number and has played its part in my identity.  I am so much richer for it.

Here’s to turning 61!  And to devouring a birthday sized slice of this delicious Chocolate Chess Pie!

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