Today I am 60.

Today is my birthday.  I am now 60. Honestly, that is the strangest sounding sentence I have ever written. That seems hard to believe. I am not the type of person to make a fuss about another year and aging, I embrace them.  They are a gift. We are blessed with each year.  Yes, I think my face tells a story, as the song goes, that life hasn’t always been easy.  Each line and wrinkle are distinctly mine.  And, while I think there is too much of it, I am finally at peace inside my own skin.

If I could tell this little girl something it would be to laugh as often as she can.  To love hard and forgive softly. To count her blessings on both hands, every day. To be gentle with the people that she meets for they, too, have a story.  Value her friendships, a good friend is hard to find. Remember that saying thank you and being grateful are wonderful things. I would tell her to put her feet in the sand and turn her face to the sun as often as possible. I would remind her that there is beauty and joy in the smallest things in her life.

I am grateful for the people in my life who fill me up.  Who make my life richer in so many ways.  People who love me and accept me right where I am.  Most importantly, I am glad that I can finally say that I love myself in that place.  Now, it hasn’t been easy getting to this place, just ask my therapist, but it is a good place to be.

My birthday wish for all of you is that you love yourself, right where you are.  Surround yourself with people who are positive and uplifting.  And, thank God for every day, because this day is your gift. There is no guarantee for another one tomorrow.

Life is wonderful.



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