I have to say this is my life motto: Age is mostly mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.
All my life I tried to make the most out of each year and not wish away the time. Many kids try to look older, look forward to becoming teenagers but not me. Peter Pan was my role model--I didn't want to grow up. I enjoyed being a kid. But, time goes on and some things we just don't have control over.
As I got older, I realized that age didn't really matter all that much. I still felt good, still enjoyed life's simple pleasures and didn't have any major problems for the most part. I always did think age is just a number and never really understood what the big deal was about women not wanting to tell their real age. It never bothered me and still doesn't. Now I'm actually looking forward to getting older so I can retire in six years as I still try to enjoy each year I have.
For my 50th birthday, Gerard gave me the funniest gift and not only that, but had it delivered to my office! It was a huge clown-like man made with all different colored balloons that was 8 feet tall who I named Mr. Jolly! It was the talk of the office and people actually came by just to see it. (Picture will be posted later this afternoon--I have it at work and have to scan it in.) Naturally, I was very surprised and have to say this is the funniest gift I ever received! It was so big, I couldn't even take it home on the bus so it hung out in my cubicle for about three weeks. When I was finally told to take it home, I had to let some air out so it would fit on the bus.
I just saw a t-shirt in a catalog that I almost bought for myself that said, "Growing old is mandatory . . . Growing up is optional." I like that!
This post is in response to prompts "What is one of your life mottos?" and "What funny gift did you get?" Go participate or read more at Mama Kat's Writer's Workshop.
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