Three Things: 48



I turned 48 today. Okay, it would be nice to say I turned 28, but then again, I know what those 20 years were like. And though I do have a few regrets (but then again, too few to mention - name that song), some things that I would do differently if I could go back, I also know that most of the hard parts were just things that happen in life and I'm glad I lived through them.

One of my favorite quotes from a Star Trek movie is this one: 'You know that pain and guilt can't be taken away with the wave of a magic wand. They're the things we carry with us, the things that make us who we are. If we lose them, we lose ourselves. I don't want my pain taken away! I need my pain!'

Anyway, here are three things I'm promising myself today (and this year and the rest of my life):

- be kind to myself. I'm my own worst critic and that has to stop. I may not be perfect, but I'm not too bad either.

- accept my changing face and body. It's what I am (middle aged) and what I'm becoming (old). There's not much I can do about it. Okay, there are some things I can do, but I don't want to. I even want to stop dying my hair.
That's why I'm posting that picture above. Wrinkles and all (and an infection in my right eye, so no contact lenses and squinting).
The other part of this is taking beter care of my body. Stop ignoring my food intolerances (sugar and soy, but also dairy and gluten) and find solutions to eat the right way and still enjoy food, eating out and cooking.

- enjoy life, take time to stop, breathe and notice the good things.
My practical approach to this is to gift myself a notebook today and start a diary, but maybe I'll also get back on the bandwagon with gratitude posts on Instagram (still have mixed feelings about that medium and its owner, I really love old-fashioned blogging a lot more)

Linking up with Carole's Three on Thursday

12 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! (and My Way is such a great song!) I think your list of things are wonderful and I hope this is your best year yet!

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  2. When I was 48, I had a cancer diagnosis . . . which changed my way of viewing future birthdays entirely. (It also made it really easy for me to stop dyeing my hair!) (Just sayin.) So . . . 60-year-old-very-alive-me wishes you the happiest of birthdays! Embrace every year that you are! LIfe is wonderful and so are you. XO

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    1. So happy you survived that diagnosis, I can imagine how that changed everything.
      Thank you!

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  3. So I just turned 44. And I vividly remember when my MIL turned 44 (because my husband and I were neigbors--so I knew her when I was 19). We stood in her driveway on her b-day, and she said, "I'd rather turn 44 than 24 ANY day!" I couldn't believe it, at the time. And now, I've gotta say, I GET it... Happy 48th to you!

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    1. I guess wisdom does come with age ;-) Thank you!

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  4. Happy Birthday!!! And Congratulations for doing your 48 your way. :) Great life plan you've created. I've decided to wear my wrinkles and gray hair with pride. I'm calling them battle scars instead of signs of old age. And hey - we're almost twins - My birthday was the 14th, although I do have a few years on you. Once again, Happy Birthday!

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    1. Battle scars! That's a great way of seeing them. I wish all my wrinkles were from laughing, but of course they aren't.
      And yes, I noticed! You share a birthday with my sister-in-law (but she's only in her thirties).
      Thank you!

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  5. happy birthday and yay for embracing! I feel the same way as I age. I take good care of my body and so it will go as it goes. I hope you had a great day!!

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    1. Yes, it will go as it goes. Can't stop time.
      Thank you! I had a wonderful day!

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  6. Happy Birthday! May you find that balance of aging and staying young and enjoying your new life!! It will either add years to your life span or age you getting it all done!

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    1. Thank you! I hope it will add years, but if it ages me, I just hope the time we spent there will be worth it (and I think it will be).

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