Turning 60

On July 30th of this year I turned sixty years old! Yes, that’s right the big Six-Oh! I have written and rewritten this post several times since my birthday. I would work on this post then scrap it. I feel like I should have some words of wisdom or some sort of inspiring story to tell but honestly, I don’t. I do feel lucky, fortunate, blessed and a few other adjectives I could use. Being a senior isn’t so bad after all. Oh geez, did I just call myself a senior?

That was almost three months ago and I honestly don’t think it’s really sunk into my mind yet. I don’t feel like I’m 60. I don’t feel old but I’m a realist enough to know that I’m far from being a spring chicken. I can remember a time when 40 seemed old and I certainly never thought I’d ever make it to sixty. Sure, at some point after forty I eventually stopped considering my longevity. Honestly, I’m not thinking about it all that much now either.

If I have any words of wisdom it would be, if you’re not physically active—start today. It’s never too late to get started. You don’t have to be a runner. Just go for a brisk walk; do some pushup & sittups; ride a bike. Whatever, just get up out of your chair and start moving. I do believe my physical health is attributed to what I was doing twenty years ago more than what I’m doing today. There are long term benefits to being physically active so the sooner you start, the better the result. People are living much longer these days so it’s very possible to I’ll be around to write something on this blog when I celebrate my 80th birthday. You just don’t know what the future holds for you so don’t let a late start hold you back.

My Birthday Celebration…

My birthday celebration was right up there as being one of the most special celebrations I’ve ever had. We spent the weekend in mountains of North Georgia, not far from Helen. If you’re not familiar with Helen, Georgia, it’s a small village built around a German theme. In October this little town is packed with visitors wanting to see the fall foliage and of course, celebrate Octoberfest.

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All of my kids and grandkids were there. It’s rare when we get to see everyone at the same time. My wife found an awesome cabin for all of us to stay. Bedrooms for everyone. Game room, hot tub, large decks and a fire pit. Even with the heat of July in Georgia we hung out by the fire every night. It was a very special weekend. One day we went tubing along the Chattahoochee River. We all ate too much food and yes, most of the adults drank their fair share of adult beverages. I sure did anyway.

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On the morning of my birthday I wanted anyone interested to join me for a run. My grandson, daughter and son-in-law got up early on a Saturday morning to go running with me. We decided to run (mostly) down the mountain for two miles and then decide if we wanted to go the other mile down before heading back up to the cabin. My grandson and son-in-law are much faster so they went on ahead of my daughter and I. It was surprising to find the downhill two miles wasn’t all downhill. There was plenty of uphill along the way too. My son-in-law decided to go the additional mile down and rest of us chose to turn around to make it a four mile run. My grandson sped ahead of us and my daughter and I just took an easy pace back toward the cabin. Somewhere around our turn toward the cabin my grandson called us on our mobile phone to say it wasn’t sure if he was on the right road. It turned out he was on the right path though. We never figured out what happened after that but somehow my daughter and I missed the turn! We kept our easy pace and continued a mile and a half further before we realized we missed it. Our four mile run became a seven mile run by the time we made it back to the cabin. It was still fun and it gave us something to laugh about for awhile.

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Everyone had a wonderful time and those three days together sure went quickly. Before we left we managed to get everyone together for a group photo. A couple of spouses couldn’t make it for the weekend but all the daughters and grandchildren were there. Since we all mostly live apart from each other who knows when we’ll be able to do this again. I’m glad we have this photo to remember the weekend:

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Yes indeed, my best birthday celebration ever!

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