Day 1 - Beginnings

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th year. Each day I will find a gift the day brings, write about it and illustrate it.)

December 10, 2014

Today, my 70th birthday, is a reminder of when I began, where I am now and those special points along the way. It tells nothing of the future and where I am going. I’m glad—I don’t want to know. Birthdays are a time to celebrate transformations; I celebrate how I have evolved and those who have helped me on my journey. I have had mentors along the way, some even unaware of their role, who have taught me acceptance, patience, unconditional love, discipline and how to laugh, even when I felt like crying.

In our culture, it has been traditional for women, especially, to look at birthday numbers as shameful. Some say that it is rude to ask a woman her age but I have never understood this. Age is not something to be embarrassed about. It’s just a number, a fact of life, another dot on the trip. It is another benchmark that says we have traveled another year. Among my more than 200 emails, cards, Facebook posts and phone calls wishing me a Happy Birthday, I paused at this Facebook post, “Salutations upon the successful completion of yet another circumnavigation of the Sun!” It reminded me of what my husband’s recently deceased Aunt Zelda said a day or so before she died. “I had a good ride.” Another mentor for me. Another attitude to make my own. I re-word it for myself today— “I am having a good ride.”

Today brings me a gift, a reminder that I am still on the ride and that I am still evolving.

> DAY 2 Enjoy the Ride

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