Today is my Birthday. The Big Five-Oh. My jubilee.
I've been sort of dreading this milestone. When I woke up this morning though, I was greeted by a loving, understanding family who has helped soften the blow.
It's a number. Just a number. 50 is the new 40, and as I recall, 40 was the new 30. I'm probably not even middle-aged yet by some standards.
The one thing I do know, is that the years keep getting better and better. I've overcome physical problems that had slowed me down. I'm not getting exhausted chasing toddlers all over the place. I've figured out what hobbies nourish my spirit and I will probably never have to move to another house again. I have so much to be grateful for.
So today, when my family asked me what I would like to do with my day, I answered from my heart. I just wanted to go to the zoo. We haven't gone as a family in ages, and I haven't been able to walk through it without pain for many many years.
So while I may not have the grace and beauty of youth,
Or the flash and intelligence of a genius,
I do have a pretty awesome family that puts up with me day in and day out.
And that's the best thing in life.