|me in 1956
Sixty is just a number. Do I think it is a different sixty than my mother or grandmothers experienced? Of course. In many ways my life is much easier than it ever was for my ancestors. Modern conveniences have made it so that much less time is spent on mundane chores like laundry, cooking and cleaning. Changes in transportation and technology make it possible to connect much more easily and quickly with our family and friends. I certainly have more leisure time than my grandmothers ever had.
|registering students to vote 1974
But what about the birthdays after the much touted "21"? They all seemed to pass in a blur. College graduation, marriage, moves, graduate school, jobs, raising children and starting new businesses mark the passage of time. Like pages from those little flip books we used to make as kids, images fly through my mind. From a newly-made family of two who became a family of four, we returned to a family of two when our children followed in our footsteps, going to college and then taking jobs far from home. Life happens.
As I continue to travel down life's highway at my new speed limit of 60, here are my takeaways from the first 59 years of living:
- You have to love yourself before you can truly love others.
- Life can be difficult, but if it was easy we would never appreciate the good things that come along.
- Most things we worry about never come to fruition.
- Take the dream trip. Tomorrow is not guaranteed.
- Ditch the negative people. They will only bring you down. You can rarely raise them up.
- Try new things. They keep your brain sharp and expose you to new people.
- Most importantly, find (and keep) your sense of humor.
Age is an attitude, not a number that defines us. Sixty is just sixty - and that is fine with me.