I hadn’t planned on writing anything about a birthday, but before the clock strikes midnight and it’s over, I’ll put to the web some thoughts. As I’ve gotten older, birthdays haven’t had the same kind of excitement they held for me as a child or teenager. Add to that my tendency to pay attention to how old I “feel” as opposed to true physical age, and things get more complicated. Always thought of myself as at least ten years younger than I really am. Not out of denial mind you, just the fact that numbers don’t mean a whole lot when it comes to the power of the mind. What’s the point of “acting your age” if it means you’re going to snuff out part of your true identity? Of course, we all have our physical changes that take place as we age; weight gain, loss of flexibility, eyesight changes, thinning hair, wrinkles, graying hair, etc. That’s just how the human body changes with time. Perhaps most important is grasping the opportunity to keep our minds going. Stay curious, be skeptical, use critical thinking, question the establishment or status quo. Sound like something a college age student might do? Sure, and college students should no only learn, but stretch to the limits ideas, beliefs, opinions, and ideals while getting a college education. That’s what they’re there for. As older adults, we should do the same…and never consider our education to be finished. Otherwise you settle into a rut, and grow old fast at a young age.
So Happy Birthday to me…my best is yet to come.