This year we celebrated my something 5th birthday. My age remains a secret for most of my family and friends and I would like to keep it that way! Ha.
Aging can be a beautiful phase of life but is also depressing and daunting. Receiving a doctor’s phone call with your lab results provides enough anxiety for the remaining of the year. Asking if you can come in this week to discuss your EKG, propels your heart to a HR you haven’t seen before. Plus, bending over to pick a dollar bill off the floor doesn’t seem worth it. Maybe inflation is to blame and not my rustiness.
I look back at how active and energetic I used to be, and it’s as if I no longer recognize myself. Where is the ballerina that did backflips, or the figure skater that raised the leg over her head? Where is the girl that did splits around the house and went in the pool with a flip every single time? Now I am concerned I will crack my back and become paralyzed. Splits? Let’s leave those to bananas!
I do have to admit this year I realized how truly blessed I am. Despite of the five deaths we had to mourn (including my dad and one of my best friends), I have a lot to be grateful for. I have two wonderful, healthy children, a loving and patient husband, the perfect dog, and a beautiful circle of family and friends.
The older you get, the more you realize it’s the little things that make you happy. It’s not the designer shoes or purse, it’s not the 10,000 square foot home covered in white marble, it’s the people and experiences that surround you. It’s a dinner with friends and laughs. It’s a trip to Europe with whining kids. It’s going to the movies and see it through your children’s eyes. It’s scheduling a last minute trip where everyone comes back jet lagged but happy.
My new motto is: life is short, don’t buy the shoes. Book that trip instead! You won’t remember your footwear, but you always keep travel memories.
P.S.: David and I drove down to Miami to pick this cake at Frudeco and it was absolutely amazing!