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Turning the Big 6-0

1960... when I was just 6 and not 6-oh :-/

This post is set to make it's appearance on my blog at 2:32 AM in the morning... exactly sixty years after I made my initial appearance in this world on a cold winter day in South Dakota.  Needless to say, turning sixty is a major milestone in life and the cause of much reflection.  While I may write more about that later, I don't think I could begin to express what I've learned about life as well as Erma Bombeck did when she wrote the following piece in 1979.  It bears repeating... 

Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.

My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.

If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten popcorn in the "good" living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.

I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television ... and more while watching real life.

I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband which I took for granted.

I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for a day.

I would never have bought ANYTHING just because it was practical/wouldn't show soil/ guaranteed to last a lifetime.

When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now, go get washed up for dinner."

There would have been more I love yous ... more I'm sorrys ... more I'm listenings ... but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it ... look at it and really see it ... try it on ... live it ... exhaust it ... and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.


17 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Josie!

    That's certainly advice we all should try to live our lives by. But I think you're on the right track. :)

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    1. Thanks Ken, I think I've pretty much "evolved" to the person I'm going to be, for better or worse. It's a good feeling to be content with yourself and your life, a place I never thought I'd get to. Turning 60 isn't fatal, I'll probably survive it! :-)

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  2. Happy Birthday!

    Great sentiments on life, but I think that if I lived my life as if every minute were my last, I would have run out of minutes hours ago.

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    1. Thank you Joe! You have a point there, I am probably a bit more into relaxing my minutes away, but I definitely realize how important it is to making them count when it comes to letting people know we love them and appreciate them!

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  3. May this be the best birthday ever!!!!

    Your thoughts are great reminders of times we should embrace.

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    1. Thank you Gail, I can happily report that this was by far my best birthday ever! Papa Bear spoiled me all weekend long!

      Erma's words definitely contain much wisdom for us all to remember, I am guilty of so many of those too.

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  4. Happy Birthday, Josie! 60 and fabulous, indeed. Mine is on Tuesday ;o)

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    1. Happy Birthday to you too then, Abelle! I never met a fellow Aquarian that I didn't adore! :-)

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  5. The comment about television is the reason i quit watching years ago -- real life means more, and i'm so glad i don't bother with that box.

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    1. TV can most definitely become an all-consuming activity - everyone spending hours staring at the box instead of conversing with each other and doing things together. I have lived without one before and it is often off when I am home alone. I enjoy a few programs, but most of it is not worth the time spent watching.

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  6. And i meant to say, i wish you many happy returns of the day!

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    1. Thank you Mimi, I hope I have at least a dozen or or so more to celebrate too!! :-)

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  7. Happy Birthday Josie!!!! May this day and every one after be filled with love, light and laughter. Make some wonderful memories this weekend! xo

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    1. Thank you for the wonderful wishes Val, Papa Bear and I had so much fun this weekend, I felt very celebrated! I also had wonderful conversations with both of my kids and great gifts from them too!

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  8. Happy Birthday! Sixty is the new Forty.

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    1. Thank you! Some days it feels more like the new 70, Arvilla, lol, but I intend to make the best of it and enjoy the years I have to share with Papa Bear to the fullest!

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  9. So happy you've learned so many important things as you made your way through life. Those things you'd change if you could, all sound right to me!

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Your comments are always appreciated... they make me smile! :-)