Birthday Thoughts: Life at 56

Soon, very soon I will be turning 56.

As my birthday is nearing, my family has started asking about my birthday plans.  If you know me really well …  my birthdays are never a big fuss of celebration.  That is until this morning, as I remembered it wasn’t that long ago when we celebrated my father’s 60th birthday.  Yikes!  Is it really possible that I am close to that age?  There’s no point in denying that age is only a number.  Life is short and for some reason we often use birthdays as mile markers to track our growth and accomplishments.

Consider the fuss on my 50th, “the year of goals” – such as “run 50 miles by my 50th” and selling our family fitness business.  Yet these subsequent birthdays defined by as my “nifty-fifties” has brought on personal exploration, discovery and professional growth.

The truth is, today is the oldest you have ever been and the youngest you will ever be again.  It is kind of scary, but really true.  If there is ever a day to celebrate the years – let it be today.

Here are 5.6 nuggets of Life I Learned in All those Years

  1. I can learn a lot about life from my children.
  2. Perfection is the enemy of good.
  3. Focus on what you can do – period.
  4. Do what you say, and say what you do.
  5. Stay strong even when you feel weak.
    5.6  Be thankful.


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