Tuesday, May 20, 2008

59! Who me!

Today is my birthday and the whole thing feels surreal. How can I be this age? How could so much time have passed since my 40th birthday when older friends said that forty is so young and I thought they were crazy? How could I have changed so much in some ways and remain so stuck in others? How could it be that I am just starting to feel like I am getting the hang of what living is all about?
Since my last birthday I have lost two family members. That does kind of change my perspective on getting older. Gratitude reshapes a lot of perspectives. And choices. This is definitely the year to recalibrate. Everything, from who I let into my life and why to attitudes that need to be updated is open for examination. This is going to take constant mindfulness, but hey, I've got the rest of my life to do it.
Blog On!


Melissa Morgan-Oakes said...

I have met you. You are not 59. You made that up.

Had a huge loss in a year's time in the late 90's, and it made me very aware and mindful. I was in every moment and awake to every choice, action and interaction. Very conscious. It faded some, but has had lasting impact. I am still a flake and open my mouth too far too often, for example, but now I love that in myself.

Mo said...

Leslie, I think you should tell people you're 43. They'd all believe it!

judy said...

Happy Birthday, Leslie. I learned a long time ago, that numbers can be made to lie. Hey, look at how much we still like cookies. Kid stuff, right?

Captain Bedworthy said...

You remind me of a story I heard not long ago about a tropical tree in kew gardens that had been there for over a century, and how one day to the amazement of all, it came into bloom for the first time.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I have been threw alot just in the last year and found there is alot to the saying with age comes wisdom:)Hugs Darcy
p.s. we are only as old as we feel and mentally Iam a bouncy kid;)