It’s Birthday Week!
Birthdays…I’ve had a few!
This Saturday, July 8th, will be my 67th anniversary of life. It’s an odd number and I feel somewhat odd about it, honestly. When I think back on that cold December day when I was contemplating turning 60 and started this blog, I have to say, this one feels less heavy than that one did and mostly because so many of you have encouraged my writing and contributed your thoughts and opinions on this blog.
That’s a great birthday gift, I must say!
So many changes have occurred since this writing adventure began and mostly for the better. Politics aside, obviously. My partner in life for 49 years has always been ready willing and able to take on an adventure and our last move was a big one. We have no regrets about that at all. In fact, I don’t believe I’ve ever felt as calm and peaceful as I do now in this beautiful little piece of country at the beach. Again, politics aside.
I wish my mother in law were around to enjoy this place, too. She loved bird watching and I’m sure she would be walking around with her bird book open on a daily basis. She left us way too soon at 69 and never got to see her great-grandchildren or even meet her granddaughters-in-law. She would have loved them.
But, if I learned anything from her it would be #1, get good health care, and enjoy every moment you have here. We aren’t given any guarantees in this life.
Here are some of the goals I’m setting for my 67th year:
* FINISH THE BOOKS! Yes, I’m yelling at myself but, it is time to get the memoir finished and the next installment of The Duffy Chronicles, too. The best present I could give myself would be to get them both published within this year. It is doable!
* Continue to hold our political representatives accountable and (I hope) see impeachment proceedings soon. I can’t turn away from the responsibility we, as citizens of the greatest country on earth, (well…it used to be), have to reclaim our status in the world.
* Get more involved in community affairs. We live in a small community and, as with many small hamlets, the best way to make change is to get involved. Dave is great at that, I’m not. But, it matters to me that we know what is going on in our own backyard.
* See my family more often. We are a few hours away from our kids and sometimes it feels like we’re on opposite coasts. The grandkids are busy, busy, busy, and that’s important but, somehow we have to carve out time. I will try my hardest to make that happen.
* Continue to purge ‘things’. I’ve never been a hoarder, not even close, but I believe it’s important to reassess closets and storage areas on a regular basis and find a way to donate them. I love that lighter feeling after a good purge. Don’t you? Not to mention I have clothes I’ve not worn in ages and I’m not sure they still fit, but that’s another story.
* Be grateful for my life every day. If you’ve read any of the excerpts from the memoir you got a taste of what life was like when I was growing up. It wasn’t pretty. But, as a survivor of abuse, physical and mental, I’ve been able to truly appreciate the life Dave and I have made together and to promise myself I will continue to honor it.
Now, tell me what you’re planning for your next birthday.