Thoughts on Turning Sixty

So, today is the big day.  I'm turning 60.

What is it about that number that a upsets me?  It jarring.  I've haven't been bothered by the so-called milestone birthdays before, but I do think there is something scary about this one.  It's such a very big number.  Does turning 60 mean I am old now?  I don't want to be old.  I don't want others to think I'm old.  I don't feel old.  Am I old?

Okay, rereading that last paragraph I seem to be stressing the word "old" a bit too much. Why?  I don't feel any different today than I did yesterday.  Is it because today I qualify for the senior discount at the movie theater?  Am I afraid that I will feel a sudden craving for the early bird dinner special?   And that I will start prefacing every story with "in my day...?"  Did I go to bed middle aged and wake up old?

Whether I'm 59 or 60, I have the same great life.  I'm healthy, happy and secure.  I'm doing exactly what I want to do, working full time as a fiber artist.  I work in a fabulous studio.  I have good friends and a great husband.  I am able to travel around the world.  I love my life.

So, I have decided to embrace it!  I'm 60!  I'm a sexagenarian!  Hooray!  Celebrate with me!  And I know it is a cliche, but I truly hope that the best is yet to be!

After all, in my day......


Marianne said…
Bon anniversaire, je viens de fire aussi 60 ans et je ne suis pas vieille :)))
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Happy Birthday, Heather! I wish you health, happiness, and anymore success with your gorgeous fiber art. Have a fabulous day!
mad elena said…
Welcome to the 60's! Love it when you, a lovely vibrant creative healthy person, continue to embrace life. Happy birthday!
piecefulwendy said…
I am so glad to read this. I'm right behind you. One more year and I'll be 60, and feeling much the same as your sentiments in the first two paragraphs of your post. I need to embrace it, so thanks for the encouragement!
la tulipe said…
I turned 60 on july and like you, I feel happy! More than the years before! Bon anniversaire 🎂🌷