The lion has come in – and let’s hope he leaves as a lamb. We all like to feel a little spring when we turn the calendar to March – and especially me.
This is my birthday month – not just any birthday either. It’s the big one. Forty was okay – I didn’t freak out at all – and I have to say that my forties was the very best and worst of times. Greg and I successfully raised two teenagers during this period – and our daughter even got married while I was 48. And we’re still here to tell about it.
So what will a new decade bring? I’ve never been one to dwell on age – and it IS just a number – so why do we freak out about it? We are only as old as we feel, right? Yeah – that’s what I’m afraid of. In my forties I felt pretty good up until a couple of years ago – then little things like upper body pain from sitting too long – or not bouncing back as quickly from exercise and sickness – are just some of the wonderful joys of getting older. One lovely senior woman once told me many years ago – “Cindy – don’t ever get old”. Great. I’m working on it.
The happy news is that my husband is a couple of years older than I – and most of our friends are hitting this happy spot on their journey too – Yes, Ron – I’m talking about you my friend – you will join me soon after my birthday. And a few of our friends are already there – waving us on – like Barbara and Bob Coccia. They say, “Hey it’s not so bad!” And so I have no other choice but to believe them. One of our friends is 10 years older than Greg – and when Greg turned 50 he told him – “You think the time went fast from 40 to 50? Just wait until you see how fast it goes from 50 – 60”! Great.
Well I plan to take the whole month to celebrate – even though my actual birthday isn’t until the 11th of this month. And spring better hurry up – my capris and sandals are looking a little lonely in my closet – and you can’t have a spring birthday without those! And if you are in this ‘season of life’ – take heart – you are not alone – I’m right there with you! Let’s CELEBRATE!!