Well, good morning to everyone. I have been busy for a few days and not able to get to the computer to post a blog and today I am finally at a point to sit down and think a bit. Well, today is the BIG one...the big 60...how did this happen is all I keep thinking. No other year has bothered me...but this one seems to sting a bit. I have to say that I am one very fortunate woman to have made it to this point and I am grateful for all the amazing people who have walked this life path with me. Some are as old as I am some are spanking new...but no matter who you are...I am so grateful God has placed you in my life.
Now, I have to include here my reasoning behind my dreading this birthday. The major thing is the illnesses that seemed to have plagued me this year...making me feel old. There are days when I seriously look at something on my bucket list of wanting to do and knowing that I will not be able to complete them. And to top that off, knowing that the clock is ticking away on some of the others. 60 years of age is not the end all of life here...but coupled with the disabilities for many things is.
Now....to look on the flip side of this age thing...I am so grateful for so many things. I am grateful for my husband, my children and my grandchildren. I am grateful to have lived this long to watch them all grow in this lifetime, become amazing people who I am proud of. I am grateful for my amazing group of friends that have surrounded me with love and friendship. My red hat group has been an aid to seeing and doing so many wonderful things. My painting groups have given me exposure to so many different art forms and skills. I am thrilled to still have the connections to so many people in my life. Today, I want to celebrate life. Not necessarily my life...but all those who are in it. They are my gifts for the day. When I lay my head down on the pillow at the end of a day...I am good knowing I have been so blessed by God with all that I have. Yes...ALL that I have. All the trials and tribulations have contributed to making me who I am. It is no only the good things that build character, but the troublesome things that teach me how to handle tragedies, sadness and loss. I have learned to accept the downfalls because I will learn how to pick them up. I compare that to an apple tree. The apple tree blossoms, has fruit, the fruit falls...but there are endless possibilities from the fallen fruit. From pies, to cakes, to applesauce, down to dehydrating them to consume or use for crafting. There is a plethora of things to do with items that have fallen down...and I am no different. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been presented to me along the way. They have taught me how to grow, accept and how to get to the finish line. It doesn't matter how long that takes...just that you keep trying. So, today on this the 60th Birthday, I applaud all of the gifts that have been given to me by God. Thanks to all the amazing surprises that have happened along the way.