Yesterday was my 59th birthday – today I’m embarking on my 60th trip around the sun. (Thanks for fixing my counting, Nanci!) I thought entering the last year of my 50’s would feel a bit more monumental, but so far it doesn’t seem to be one of those high-profile birthdays, not like I anticipate changing decades again will be.
At last year’s birthday, I was anticipating knee surgery and retirement. Beyond that I had no idea what might happen in my new life. My journal entry on August 5th, one a year ago, reads:
“Who knows what another year will bring. In my working world, I could predict a constancy of scenery and activity, with one year likely being similar to another. This coming year, all the scripts are new, and I don’t know what story is being written. There’s room for the new and unimagined, for so many new adventures.”
When I think back to my last birthday and the year that’s rolled out since then, I realize that I’ve done so many things that I never could have imagined doing last August 4th. Doing watercolor journaling – not the slightest blip on the radar. Playing my harp for the retirement home Christmas party – completely unthought of. Taking voice lessons, enrolling in the chorus class at the community college, and then singing the Verdi Requiem – all a total surprise. Writing this blog – just a wee kernel of an idea suggested by my harp teacher, that I was still trying to ignore.
This past year reminds me that it’s impossible to anticipate all the adventures, wonders and possibilities that await me. I can hardly wait to see what this next trip around the sun has in store.
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or oops…maybe you meant you just turned 58 ?? Might have misread that… oh well your brain is staying young learning to play that harp, right?
No, I really turned 59 – I’m just no good at that math stuff. It’s a good thing that I rarely have to count more than six beats in a measure! I’m off to edit my post……
You’re ahead of me as I haven’t gotten up to playing more than 4 beats! ha!
I just hit 59 in July too! But actually you and I are beginning our 60th year around the sun as we just finished our 59th year. That’s a bit more sobering or interesting however, one chooses to look at it. I choose the second one… 🙂 Happy Birthday!
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