My birthday was April 14th. I received so many beautiful birthday wishes; over 200 posts on my Facebook timeline, private messages, and birthday cards of the handcrafted variety and store bought ones with beautiful messages.
I received loving birthday phone calls from people I know and love; people I’ve met in real life, and virtual friends I’ve never met in person with whom I’ve developed a very close relationship.
I woke up to a festively decorated house with birthday signs and streamers hung the night before by my son. We had carrot muffins with cream cheese icing for breakfast. My book club celebrated my birthday with a banner and cupcakes. Yum! (See life lesson #14).
My oldest daughter brought me the best gift of all, my almost two-year-old delicious granddaughter. She came up with a new name for me, Babaloonie. I love it. My daughter also brought home-baked cookies with an S stamped on top. Delicious. We went to the mall, where I got ten dollars worth of free Godiva chocolate as a birthday gift. (Life lesson #14 again!)
This was a big birthday. Ten years ago, when I turned 50, 60 seemed old. I would not date a man who was *gulp* 60. Those guys felt ancient to me!
But today, at 60, I don’t feel old at all. I’m told I don’t look old. I’m grateful to my parents for my good skin, AND being 60 is about so much more than how I look.
Last night, a few close friends took me out for sushi, and it was the best celebration. I asked each friend to share her biggest life lesson learned in the past decade. I loved what they said. I have such smart, funny, giving, amazing friends (Life lesson #1).
I shared some of the life lessons I’ve learned in the past six decades of life, and I’d like to share them now with you.