I had a plan.
It was the last year in my 50’s and I was going to make sure it was AMAZING!
I had a list.
A list of what I wanted to do before I turned 60. It would be fun.
I would kayak.
I would stand in a field of sunflowers.
I would try indoor skydiving.
Try a new recipe every week.
Take a CPR class.
Pay for coffee for the person behind me in the Starbucks drive through.
Get 10000 steps per day. Lose 10 lbs. Exercise daily.
Stay in my pajamas for a full day- yes, that was on my list.
Take care of me.
The list went on.
I had never felt my age, so there was nothing I was afraid to try or do.
I wanted to do it all.
I wanted to have fun!
It was going to make a great blog post when I was done.
I was making progress! Yoga classes 3 times a week. The new recipes were delicious. I taught my dog to roll over. I felt good paying for a stranger’s coffee. The check marks were systematically being added as I waded through my list of 60 things to do before I turned 60.
Then, life happened.
Being in a car accident was not on my list.
But it happened.
I was hurt.
I was sad.
And counter to my personality I struggled with anger and fear.
My list became doctor appointments, physical therapy, sleeping- all in an effort to rebuild my strength and recover from a concussion, whiplash, nerve damage, vision issues and back pain. Most of the plans on my 60 list I could no longer physically accomplish. Even reading and computer time caused pain.
I felt my age.
I felt old.
My birthday arrived this week.
Sixty candles. Sixty years. And an unfinished list of fun. Historically, for me, the years that have ended in ‘9’ have not been good years. This one continued that trend.
But now I have a shiny new decade to look forward too. The next ‘9’ year is a long way off. I plan to continue to work toward healing. I have time to accomplish the fun stuff.
I believe that things happen for a reason. Maybe I needed to learn that more than one full day in pajamas is not all bad. Maybe I needed a refresher course in how to process anger and fear. Maybe I needed to learn how to forgive the cause of my pain. Maybe I needed to learn lessons in order to be a better teacher.
Who knows, maybe my 60th year will be the best ever.
It will make a great blog post when it’s done.
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Pennie’s Life Lesson-
“Life happens. Not always the way
we expect, but life happens.”
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Pennie Heart to Heart
There is a certain magic about where I live both physically and spiritually – on the crossroads of Spirit and Brave.
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