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Here’s To 65 Years Of Kick Ass Living

65 isn’t as old as I thought it would be. I guess it’s official old age, I mean I did get a Medicare card. I don’t feel that much older, but I do feel grateful.

I woke up this morning and wished myself a Happy Birthday, then said a little prayer; “thank you for 65 years of living.” I meant it too. For 65 years, I’ve been getting up every single day and experiencing life. Sometimes it has beat me up and sometimes it has given me reason to rejoice, but looking back I’m not sure that I would change any of it–because, well it’s made me who I am.

There have been a lot of dreams and discoveries along the way– first kisses, first marriage, oops, second marriage, jobs that I hated, jobs that I loved, an accidental career, terrible grief, outrageous joy and love of writing, reading and education. I’ve made both terrible mistakes and really good choices.

Someone asked me if I was doing anything special today and I said “no, not really.” But I realize that isn’t true. I am doing something special today. I’m going to walk through life another day and look at, touch, smell, feel and taste it. That’s special.

And while 65 brings me closer to the finish line, I’m not straining to see where that is. Instead I’m going to sit on the couch this morning with my husband, Dean, and talk about our outer world and our inner lives. I’m going to do a little dance in stocking feet and my pajamas to something that moves me like The Pointer Sisters or The Temptations. I’m going to eat a wheat free, chocolate chip cookie and I’m going to climb the hills around my house with hubby and dog, celebrating the sunshine and the flowering trees. “Live it all up and don’t forget to say thank you.” That’s my birthday motto.

Nope, 65 isn’t as old as I thought it would be. I’m grateful to be able to hike, to write, cook, read, and reflect. I’ve been doing those things a long while now and really all that’s changed is that my knees creak and I go to sleep earlier than I used to.

Truth: I love drinking in life. So, Happy Birthday to me. I’m gonna celebrate it by climbing a mountain and dancing with joy.


Novelist, essayist, blogger, wife, dog-mommy, dancer, dreamer, grateful.

33 thoughts on “Here’s To 65 Years Of Kick Ass Living

  1. May you still feel this way when you are 75. Best of luck in the next ten years. This has nothing to do with anything but today is also Ali McGraw’s birthday. I think she is well into her 70s.

  2. Happy Birthday! I love your zest for life, and I especially appreciate the gratitude you express for your good fortune and the opportunities you are given! You have so many wonderful years ahead of you! I know you will enjoy them.

  3. Sweet Stephanie:
    I could have written the almost exact same words when I celebrated my 65th birthday. I enjoy life so much. I’ll be 66 in a few days and very often I remember to be grateful as I’ve been through a lot myself and I survived the difficult times and smiled along the nice periods of my dear life.

    Thanks so much for your good words this morning. This will help me get through the day as I’m going to visit my sister at the hospital today. She is slowly dying from cancer. She is only 63. But contrary to us, she had a lot of hard times and not many happy times. Please pray for her.

    Merci beaucoup and have a nice day.

    1. Dear one, I will pray for your sister. May your visit with her be sweet. And I hope that you have a beautiful 66th. Much love and cyber hugs coming your way. Thank you for your good wishes.

      1. Stephanie, Thanks for your good words. She passed away on April 7th, 2017. She suffered so much that her death was a deliverance for her. She will be cherished for the rest of my life. Good night.

  4. Stephanie…happy birthday! 65 is just a few weeks away for me, too. Have a wonderful day. Your such an accomplished person with so much more to come. Hope everything is always just as you want it.

  5. Lovely post, Stephanie. I am right behind you in age, so I feel the truth of your remarks.
    I can remember the weekend morning hikes with my husband when we moved from the city to a less populated area when I was in my early forties. I don’t think a weekend ever passed without me saying, I hope we’re still doing this 20 years from now. Well, we’ve passed that mark and still walking and hiking on our weekend mornings. It’s still our norm, pretty much with the same expectations. But with a deeper appreciation, I think.

  6. Happy Birthday, Stephanie.🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🎂🍾🍾🍾🍾🍾

  7. What a wonderful post, and happy birthday to you!! What a great reminder to be grateful for all the blessings we get each and every day!! Your post put a smile on my face. Here’s to living life!! Cheers!!

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