My thoughts on turning 60

My thoughts on turning 60

Age is just a number.  50 is the new 30, 70 is the new 50, blah, blah, blah.....  I've always been a firm believer that age is only something you need on a driver's license or passport, but that's as far as it goes.  During my 50's, I couldn't even remember how old I was.  I was always getting confused, am I 55, 57?   But now that I've just turned 60, I'm thinking about why some people have trouble ticking off birthdays.

In the olden days, people were nearly retired by now.  They were starting to look at properties or communities whose names started with the word "sunset", dialing back their wardrobes to something more "age appropriate" or cutting their hair so they didn't look like they were trying to compete with younger types.

I, for one, am thrilled to be 60.  Actually, I'm thrilled to have any birthdays as long as they keep coming.  I've never felt better, I like the way I look in photos and I'm feeling pretty confident.  Actually, I think this is more about cutting your losses, finally understanding your strong suits and not living in the past or dwelling on things you can't change--all stuff that can only be learned through trial and error over time.

I look forward to seeing new things and visiting new places.  I want to learn something interesting every day and spend more time appreciating my true friends.  Long ago, someone shared these words of wisdom with me when I was lamenting over some perceived slight.  "Candace, if you had a whole auditorium filled with cheering fans, you would focus on the one person sitting in the front row, arms crossed and not smiling."  It was an awakening.  Since then, I've learned to focus on the good, accept the not-so-good and hope for even better.

This is what 60 has done for me.  I know what looks best on me and don't fret over "trendy" attire.  I've always taken the time to stop and smell the roses, but now I try to figure out ways to appreciate them in bigger and better ways.  Life is a great gift and I don't plan on worrying about a number.  I hope I have miles to go before I sleep and don't want to waste a minute on the mundane.

60 really is the new 40, believe me, I know.

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