Just had another birthday… In my family we celebrate BIG! Calls from family members near and far, and it’s on going for several days. Lots of dinners and lunches and brunches with friends. Lots of drinking and lots of fun food. In the Lindo family birthday’s have always been huge. But not so for everyone. My husbands family acknowledged birthdays but they don’t celebrate like us crazy Hispanics! I was bound and determined to open the floodgates and to make birthdays big when we got married. Especially since my mother-in-law and I have the same birthday! Twice the fun, don't you agree? I remember about 5 years into marriage and going to my mother-in-laws house to surprise her for our birthdays and I made a huge chocolate cake. I remember her blowing out the candles and looking at me and saying, “Thank You! I have never had a birthday cake before.” I was like WHAT!!!! WHAT? That is just not possible! Birthdays can be looked at two ways. You can choose to think that every birthday brings you closer to your death… Which is just a horrible way to think. I mean hell ya, I would not want to celebrate either. The other way is to celebrate life! The gift of it, those you share it with, and all that you plan to do to make life better for the year ahead! Birthdays are a gift and a blessing! Christmas, the best birthday party of all is a perfect example.
Milestone years and what they mean:(To me anyway...)
40's- As Bob Hope used to say, "Middle Age is when your age starts to show around the middle." Yep, 40 is the beginning of middle age. You no longer seem invincible you are now seeing things as they truly are... wait I think they call that wisdom. The weight doesn't come off as easy, wrinkles begin to appear and white hits your hair. But it's truly the beginning of coming into your own... you just don't know it yet!
50's- The BIG Five 'O'. It's the milestone where you cross over to the other side. The Bucket Lists come out and everything else comes down and begins to sag... necks, breasts, and knees. Not necessarily in that particular order. At this age women are driven to make changes to their lives. They are now empty nesters, downsizing is on their mind and new careers or projects enter the horizon. Part II of a new life starts here.
60's- This one is a little further off for me and I found a perfect article that lists 60 Perfect Reasons You Should be Psyched About Turning 60! I loved them and could not write anything better... so I thought I would let you read Ann Brenoff and Shelley Emling's killer list on what to expect at 60! You won't be disappointed!
The 65th Birthday- The day most Americans become eligible for Medicare benefits. Here are some tips for making it a smooth one. Seven Common Questions on Medicare. Medicare is just the beginning it' s time to start thinking about long term care and social security claims. Lastly, I know you don't want to hear it but legal documents need to be taken care of and in order. You're not packing it in... just making sure all your ducks are in a row while you have your wits about you.
What I try to remember and celebrate with every age is that you can age without growing old. We are living in a time where products and technology make life easier as we age. Take advantage of what is out there and enjoy and celebrate life to the fullest. Don't let age determine how old you will act. Remember the old saying... "You're only as old as you feel." Scientists from University College London found that believing you are younger than you actually are is the key to a long life. Those who felt their age were more likely to die young – and people who felt older were at the greatest risk.
The way I see it, the more birthdays you enjoy celebrating the more you will have!
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
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