ChicagoSteve saidSo I was thinking, in September I will have a milestone birthday. Some thoughts and observations. I remember my 30th birthday, it doesn't seem all that long ago, I remember it clearly. Before age 30, I didn't pay attention to birthdays very much, I really wasn't very concerned. Right now, I just keep wondering how I got this old, this fast? After 30, and especially after 40, the years just flew by. To all of you younger guys, take the time to appreciate every day, savor every moment. Our time here is so short, it's basically over in the blink of an eye. One day you are 25, the next thing you know you are turning 50. Live life to the fullest, take the opportunities that come your way. Follow your dreams, try not to have any regrets. Be kind to others along the way.
My decade birthdays have been special, beginning with 30. I staged a wake in Berlin, Germany, with me "lying in state", the home all decorated in mourning. Only friends who had a taste for the macabre were invited.
My 40th was a true surprise. I almost walked downstairs in my underwear to a houseful of fellow Army colonels,majors and their spouses, no one having forewarned what awaited me. At the top of the stairs I saw the front door was wide open, so I went back to the dressing room and put on some pants. WHEW!
50 was a surprise party at the University. I was intending to let it pass and do nothing on my own, kinda didn't wanna think about it. My friends & co-workers had different ideas.
60 was a very big surprise, quite a mob in a hall, that I entered under false pretenses. And I'd only been living in South Florida for barely 2 years. All these people were new friends & acquaintances, gay & straight. I was very touched that anyone cared about my birthday. I know I didn't. But obviously this made it special.
Next up is 70, in less than 3 years. I think I'm gonna take a trip and hide out, so no one can find me. LOL!
And BTW, I'm content being late 60s. Sure I'd like to 20 again, starting all over. But when I look out with these eyes, I'm kinda the same Bob I've always been. My body might disagree, but my mind is the same. Maybe even a little smarter, I dunno. At least I've got lots of memories & experiences, and hopefully the wisdom that can go along with them, that no 20-year-old could ever have.