I used to “buy in” to the conventional wisdom that growing older meant becoming diminished. I’ve watched so many generations before mine reach “old age” and “retire” from living. Let me say, unequivocally, this is not me! This is not my picture of what it means to get old.
Yes, today the calendar marks off another year. Today I reach that point in time when according to tradition, the youth of my old age is over and “true winter” sets in. Or as my older brother said to me, “Next birthday, you become a winter chicken”. And I have to say, that up until today, that “winter chicken” image has been the one my unconscious self has held as being who I would become as I celebrate my 69th birthday and enter my 70th year.
But something “clicked” in me today. Some switch in me has flipped and today, on my 69th birthday, I say, “Hell, no! No way, no how am I ready to be a “winter chicken”! Instead, I am celebrating my “arrival” at a place of joy, peace, inspiration and continued astonishment at life itself. There is so much yet to be discovered! I have only just begin.
I am not kicking and screaming and dragging my heels into my 70th year. Heck no! I am dancing into it! I am eager and curious to see what lies ahead, embracing this part of my journey as the “icing on the cake”.
And so today, I say to myself and to anyone who may read this, “Celebrate this moment, the ones that have come before and the ones that are yet to come. Celebrate the good times and the times that appeared to be not so good, for they all have become part of this glorious “stew” that is who you are.
Expect Goodness, for life has much of it in store. Open even further to receive life’s bounty, for abundance is endless and it’s right here, right now, waiting to be accepted.
Today, I rejoice and give thanks for the incredible blessings of my life. I give thanks for my precious daughters, my sons-in-law, my dearest and closest friends and the ever-expanding circle of people whose lives intersect with mine.
Life is good. Life is rich. Life is full. And so am I. I am blessed and beyond blessed. And so it is!