I've almost come full circle again, tomorrow is my birthday. Sixty-three - it feels so good! I know there are people out there who don't like the idea of getting older but I am a staunch advocate of ageing. The alternative - death - does not appeal to me at all. So here I am, not quite an old aged pensioner, on the brink of a new career, with so many enriching activities and interesting people filling my days. Life's good.
Shhhh, let me tell you this quietly. There was a brief two minutes in my late 50s when I wondered if life would continue to improve. It did, it has, and it keeps getting better. I have lead a fortunate life. I was born into a working class family and went to an all girls' Catholic school. We were never handed anything on a silver platter, we worked for everything we got and we were taught, very young, the value of a family. That upbringing taught me the true rewards of hard work and set me up for life, and for that I will be forever grateful. I believe that work really is the key to a successful life. I have had some friends who tell me I'm lucky, but I will tell you this: the harder I work, the luckier I become. Now that I'm standing at this end of the age spectrum, I clearly see that whether it is in the home, working towards making your home a place of nourishment, comfort and calmness, or in a job earning money to provide for yourself and your family, what you put into your work returns to you in wonderful ways and turns you into a different person. I have been changed by the work I do - both in my paid work, my work in my home and here on the blog and forum.
The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.
Just like the Queen of England, I am issuing a birthday photo. ; - ) This was taken yesterday.
There is so much to look forward to in this life. Don't listen to those who say you must be a certain type, size, height or age to be acceptable. Don't believe that dyed hair is better than grey hair, don't be tempted by plastic surgery, don't fall into the trap of thinking everyone should look young. Celebrate diversity, be the person you really are and not a facade that makes you the same as everyone else. There is beauty at every age. Those lines that weren't there a ten years ago, those few grey hairs, all those signs - they, my friends, are your badge of honour.
I'll be celebrating my birthday here with Hanno and Tricia, then on Saturday, Tricia and I will drive to the Blue Mountains where I'll spend two weeks in cold weather. I'm looking forward to it so much. I'll be working on the book while I'm away and I'll blog when I feel like it. That might be never, or every hour - who knows what I'll be capable of when I'm 63.