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Another birthday

Posted Tuesday, November 1, 2011, at 6:12 PM

November is here and another birthday is just around the corner. It is hard to believe how fast they come about. I remember when I wrote a column about celebrating the second or third anniversary of my 50th birthday -- that was a few years ago.

I received a note from a friend asking me to quit writing about getting older. I don't mean to write in a negative way. I am glad to be celebrating another birthday. I am thankful to still be here and for the health I have. We are not getting older, we are getting wiser. We are finally wise enough to appreciate each and every day.

I hear women talk about what they want to do to celebrate birthdays such as mountain climbing or jumping out of airplanes. I did not want to do those things when I was 25 and I have not changed my mind about it now. Bunge cords are not for me. I don't like high places or falling out of the sky.

A nice quiet birthday dinner will be fine. Last year I was surprised on my 60th birthday with a party and I appreciated my family and friends for helping me celebrate such a milestone. This year I will probably go quietly into another year without much fanfare.

Some birthdays get more recognition than others.

Most of us couldn't wait to be 13 and become a teenager. Then we couldn't wait to be 16 so we could drive a car. At 18 we thought no one will ever be able to tell us "no" again. We looked forward to 21 because we would be a real grown-up then.

I can't think of any reason anyone would want to hurry to turn 61. The next one to look forward to would have to be 65 and Medicare -- if it is still there.

Here I am, almost three times the 21 age and sometimes I still don't feel like a "real grown-up." Age is a state of mind. Some days my mind (and body) tell me I am much older than on other days.

I know I need to exercise more. I have always enjoyed sports and I played basketball and softball when I was younger. I coached my daughter's team and was able to run and hit with them during practice. I enjoyed swimming, water skiing, skating or just walking. I am living proof it doesn't take long to lose it when you quit exercising.

At this stage in my life I get tired just watching the games on television.

Speaking of games, did you get to watch any of the World Series? I am a Cardinal fan and I still fell asleep before most of the games were over, but I did manage to see the great finish of the extra innings number six game on Thursday night and the grand finale. What a series.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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