Day 1 . . .
Well. So far, my first day as a 43-year-old has been lovely. I do feel like birthdays can serve as a mini-new-year of sorts, or at the very least a reminder that every day is something to be grateful for. We never know how many trips around the sun we have left: I could be ~40% done with my life, or 98%. Let’s hope for the former, but acknowledge that life is fragile and precious. I am very happy to still be here, still fully mobile and able to use all of my senses!
I have enjoyed a multi-pronged celebration, including:
- Vero Beach getaway with Josh
- an epic massage at the Kimpton Vero Beach (where we stayed. NON sponsored obviously, just sharing. We liked it a lot and we also love Costa D’Este which is essentially next door).
- a fancy dinner out at Cobalt (also at the Kimpton)
- gifts from the kids/Josh and some family (totally unnecessary but also so fun!). I received a CHOCOLATE SUBSCRIPTION! How fun is that!?
- a lovely long run (that’s pretty much every Saturday these days but today felt extra special/celebratory)
- to come: dinner out tonight with kids
WHEW. For a prime number birthday that is a lot 🙂
Slightly Self-Indulgent Reflections
I’m allowed, because it is my birthday!
1- I feel very lucky for the ways in which my life has unfolded these past 43 years (and especially the past ~10-15 or so!)
2- I feel particularly determined to: avoid digital distractions and negativity that doesn’t lead anywhere useful. (IE: I will still read an important news story even if it is depressing, but I don’t need to consume things that invite comparison and/or negative emotions — especially if they are trying to sell me something.)
3- I feel particularly determined to: seek out connections with loved ones (friends + family) as well as material/art/experiences that make me think and expand my perspective. These don’t need to be fancy (books are the most common!) but I want to give them proper weight and attention.
4- I want to take care of my body so that I can continue to feel good and be as mobile/agile/alert as possible into my 70s and beyond. I do believe this can still happen while practicing moderation, but still – I want the overarching theme for my lifestyle to be one of personal sustainability.
5- I want to continue to enjoy planning (and continue to refine my systems + help others adapt them to their needs!) and also remain open to the possibilities that are out there. You can plan A LOT but can’t predict every path life will take . . . and I suppose that is part of the fun.
Speaking of Planning: It Happened
Mostly I helped Josh plan! It was satisfying, I have to say. ALSO he told me my methods seem improved/refined from the last time I helped him organize his lists. Totally from my BLPA teaching experience!
On the docket for the rest of today:
- Update 5 year journal
- Help A finish organizing her room
- Work on summer fun list (as a family)
- Help Josh finish long term list
- Bit of course/newsletter drafting
- Aforementioned bday dinner
Seems like a good day.