You Don’t Get Older You Become Vintage

April 12, 2018

I am nearing yet another birthday — and this time its my 50th!!  As I prepare for the big change (he-he) I am left reflecting on what I have accomplished on the first 50 years of my life.  Have I utilized my time well?, What can I do differently?, Who can I help with my 50 years of expertise?, What are my goals for the next 50 years? So, here it goes….

In the past 50 years of my life ……..

  • Had the joy of being raised and guided through life by my dear, sweet dad
  • Graduated from KU in Elementary Education
  • Married my BEST FRIEND
  • Taught many different backgrounds of children (From enlisted soldiers children to kids living with single moms and having each sibling from a different father to those with great opportunity)
  • Had my sassy, beautiful, independent minded daughter greet my life
  • Had my quiet, thoughtful, admirable son come to join us
  • Had the opportunity to teach ESOL Students, where I met Fabrizio. Yeabsira, Jorge, Moyo, Sarai, Illian, AJ, Phu, Hung, Alejandro, Arturo & Lesly just to name a few
  • Adopted many beautiful creatures — including a Samoyed, Bernese Mountain Dog and currently 2 gentle, crazy yet exquisite Great Danes
  • Watched my husband leave his corporate position to start his own firm successfully
  • Facilitated where needed as my girl completed her 1st year of college and began to hone in on what she wants to study
  • Listened as my boy made lofty goals and watched him work to make them happen
  •  Appreciated my family members who love unconditionally
  • Benefitted from making new friends that teach me new things
  • Lived in corners of the world filled with good,  kind, attentive people
  • Appreciated good schools that educated , guided and appreciated all the different young people with their distinct personalities and desires for the future
  • Lived a life with my needs met and people that love me

What has my 50 years taught me…..

  • Friends and family are special
  • Believe in yourself!
  • Be positive!!!
  • Keep learning – but don’t compare your growth to others
  • Patience is a virtue (THANKS Papa!!)
  • Master how to remain calm — its a great gift to you
  • How you make others feel about themselves, says a lot about you.
  • Treat people with kindness
  • Do the things you dread first — you will feel better immediately
  • Handle your troubles during the day so your troubles don’t keep you awake at night
  • Learn to be alone without being lonely
  • Keep your promises
  • Nothing gets handled with anger
  • Exercise relieves stress (so does ice cream and a dog or two or three)
  • Find a good support staff (hair dresser, neurologist, urologist, PT, veterinarian, home repair, construction assistance/painter, auto repair, appliance repair, etc.)
  • Smile
  • Appreciate your station in life!
  • Be thankful for what you have
  • Appreciate the small things (birds chirping, dogs wanting to sit by you, a surprise measuring tape from your daughter=), coloring with a friend like Mary, baking, painting, ice cream cones, blooming pear trees, warm breezes, watching someone make a hole in one or a birdie on the first hole (JACK), or a kiss on the forehead from a husband, et….., etc…..)
  • ENJOY — life is short!!!

My goals for the next 50 years are ….

  • Spend more time with my dad, Grandma and Grandpa
  • Learn to play the piano
  • Learn to fluently speak other languages
  • Travel, travel, travel with my husband, children, my dogs, my dad, future grandchildren, my friends, perhaps even myself, etc…
  • Continue honing in my knitting and crocheting skills
  • If I see something beautiful in someone to be sure to tell them
  • Adopt more, more, more beautiful creatures
  • Read good books
  • Paint again
  • Move to a home with some property and a pond
  • Adopt ducks for the pond — and a Shetland Highland Cow
  • ALWAYS substitute expectation for appreciation
  • ENJOY People that surround me and embrace the good in EACH DAY!!!!!!!!

Back in 1968 …

  • Lyndon B. Johnson was the President
  • Some popular music was Hey Jude by the Beatles and The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
  • A few films of the time were Rosemary’s Baby, Funny Girl and Planet of the Apes
  • The 911 Emergency Phone Service began in the US
  • The BIG MAC is introduced and sold for 49 cents
  • Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated and lead to violence and race riots
  • President Johnson signed the CIVIL RIGHTS ACT
  • NASA launched the first manned Apollo Mission – Apollo 17
  • Average ANNUAL income was $7,850
  • Average NEW house was $14, 950
  • Average NEW car was $2,822
  • Gallon of gas was 34 cents

Overall, I feel incredibly lucky!!  My grandmother showed us all how to make lemonade out of lemons, my dad showed us how to appreciate each day with a song in your heart and my husband always has a smile to share and a new idea to make his families dreams come true.  I am not sure I could ask for anything more.

“If you love what you have, you have everything” 



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