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50 Years of Learning

No cake will be eaten on this birthday, but I can have veggies! :)
No cake will be eaten on this birthday, but I can have veggies! 🙂

Today, at 10:20 a.m., I will become a half-century old.  It seems impossible to me that I have been alive through the first moon landing , the end of the Cold War, the advent of the personal computer and cell phone, the launching of the International Space Station, the election of nine different US Presidents, and the invention of twerking.

My decades have been marked by central themes imparted both by life’s circumstances and my own choices.  If I were to chronicle my  personal history on a timeline, there would be periods of happiness and laughter, innocence and naiveté, discovery and learning, loss and sadness, romance and desire, fear and desolation, and security and well-being.  Above all, the steadfast message, feeling, and constant that’s been in my life has been love.  From the beautiful mother who brought me into this world, to my brother, husband, children, niece, and friends, I’ve been blessed with a network of people who love, and have loved, me.

Life is divulging secrets and lessons to us every single day, and 50 years on this Earth have taught me that good times come to an end, but so do hard times. I’ve learned that some things are difficult, but that it’s alright to ask for help. I’ve experienced giving bringing more joy than receiving, and I know that it’s our job to look out for others; be they human  furry, finned, feathered or scaled. I’ve found that laughter is a fabulous abdominal workout and that taking myself too seriously isn’t a good idea.  I’ve learned to trust my instincts, and that most of my worries never come to pass. But most of all I’ve found that  kindness matters , manners work and loving yourself and others is the most amazing experience of all.

What life-lessons have you learned, so far?




28 thoughts on “50 Years of Learning”

  1. I am lying in bed under the covers and can’t sleep, checked my phone emails and saw your post. Now I can’t try to slumber without saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I wish you an amazing fantabulous day full of veggies, love and abdo workouts 🙂 life begins at 50 (the 40s saying is so passé now) so here’s to the next 50. Excuse any typos, it isn’t very bright under the duvet lol xx

    1. Thank you so very much! Believe it or not, cake isn’t much of a temptation to me. The shakes I drink are sweetened and I actually look forward to having things that aren’t sweet. I never thought I’d feel this way before Optifast! You have a nice day, too! 🙂

  2. I learned that the right person is worth waiting for, and worth one hundred percent of your attention. That person would be you, by the way!

  3. Wow that’s an awesome amount of learning. Hats off to you. What a beautiful post. I loved reading this. More importantly can I wish you a belated Happy Birthday! I hope you had a joyful time of it, celebrating. Many happy returns of the day to you!

    It’s a good tip that both good and bad times come to an end so ‘nil desperandum’, as the saying goes! There is a calming essence to your writing which is a gift to enjoy. Thank you.

    1. Thank you so much! My birthday was excellent! My daughters had a little party for me and I had my doctor’s permission to eat 1 cup of raw veggies and some hummus. We had shakes instead of cake. Everyone had real shakes and had my Optifast!
      Thank you, also, for your kind words! 🙂

      1. Love hummus! That’s a nice treat. Glad to hear you had a lovely day. Three cheers for you. I have no idea what the Optifast taste like (maybe it is just available in US?), but hope it was a nice one!

        Bravo to you on following your plan and hitting all the targets on the way. 🙂

      2. Luckily, Optifast tastes really good. It’s made by Nestle. The shakes come in chocolate, vanilla or strawberry. I mix them in the blender with about 8 oz. of ice and 8oz. of water. You can also add extracts to them to change up the flavor.

        Were you able to find the Chai Tea I told you about? I’m having some delicious Thai Chai right now. It has a coconut flavor to it. YUM!!

      3. Cheers! You just caught me having a brew here and the sun is shining (I could get used to this blissful weather!) Here’s to happy bloggers 😀 Cinnamon bliss.

      4. Cheers right back to you! I’m about to have some evening tea now! (I do actually drink water, too!) Tea is just so comforting and since I don’t add anything to it, I can drink away!

        I’ve been out and about all day! I’ve worn my poor husband out–he went shopping with me. 🙂

      5. Plain water is so good for you. I wish I could drink more of it. I’m sipping on Rooibos right now. It’s got a hint of vanilla. Tea is yum!

        Your husband is a star for taking on a shopping expedition!

      6. He really is! I’ve already had my huge mug of tea for the morning and am now just about to begin doing some housework :(. It has to be done though! 🙂

        Have a lovely day!

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