Does age really matter? Is it in fact just a number? Today, Abi put both feet into his 6th decade of life. Happy Birthday babe. When I was a kid, teenager, adolescent, I thought 60’s! OMG! That is SO old! Isn’t it interesting though – now that Abi has arrived (with me following a few years behind) I’m looking at 60 and thinking, eh. It’s just a number, right?
We have an adorable teenage girl who works with us here at the inn – she is my #1 housekeeper and I’d be lost without her. She happens to share the same birthday as Abi, she turned 17 today. She told me yesterday that 17 is a funny age. At 16 you get to drive, at 18 you’re an adult, but 17 is just stuck in the middle. I laughed and said, “Well, at 18 we think we are adults but we are a long way from being adults.” At 17 she is one of the most mature young women I’ve ever had the pleasure of having in my life, she will make a fine adult of this I am sure. She is wise beyond her 17 years, although she probably thinks we’re SO old!
I know someone who on this day is walking the Camino de Santiago with his wife. He has 10 years on me and he is logging 15 – 20 miles per day, walking the path. Age is just a number, right?
My friend, Talon, told me recently, via email, that he plans to not grow old no matter what age he is. It’s all about having the right mindset and how you choose to live your life.
I like to believe age is just a number and that as long as we keep up with life, life will keep up with us. Unfortunately, as I write this my left hand feels as if there is a small knife stuck right into the pad at the base of my thumb. It is rebelling from overuse and handling of heavy pan handles. My right hand joins in the rebellion from time to time as well when I’ve whisked too many eggs or clicked the wireless mouse too many times.
Okay, so maybe there are some aspects of age that catch up to us from time to time, but I refuse to surrender. I’ve got way too much living to do.
Too right Patti! I will turn 30 at the end of this year and although I won’t have any of the things I assumed I’d have by that age (a job, house, car, etc) I’ll actually be living the richest life of travel I could have ever asked for.
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Well-done Amy, and Andrew! You made it happen and you are living your dreams! I look forward to continuing to follow your journey.
Happy Birthday Abi. Age is only for record
Thank you Dianne!! Hope all is well in the land of spuds!
Happy Birthday, Abi!
Age is a number, Patti. It’s all about attitude. I just saw a segment on TV about that 64 y-o swimmer who’s attempting her 4th or 5th swim from Cuba to Florida.
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Thanks for the birthday wishes! And totally agree, keep moving!
Yes Abi, age is just a number. I loved your blog post and read it with interest. I always thought that life began at 40, but when I hit fifty it got even better! I’m fifty five now and I’m loving life and we are as active as we’ve ever been – except my hubby doesn’t play squash or scale mountains any more 🙂 But we hike, canoe, ride, get out and have a good time, just like it seems you do too. As long as our health holds, yes Age is Just a Number.
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Thanks for finding us Johanna! I’ve never been able to scale a mountain, but I’m good at going down them! Keeping active and exploring new opportunities keeps us going! Don’t stop!
Wishing you many happy years on the road! Age is just a number, what matters is the state of mind!
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Yes! It’s all a state of mind and as long as one’s body can keep up, we keep going! Thanks for reading!
That an awesome picture of you two, Patti! Yes, age is most definitely a number and I feel oh so much younger than my shocking (to me) age that I’ve arrived at 🙂
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Thanks Mike! Age does have a way of sneaking up on us, but I really believe the key is to keep growing as a person and keep open to new opportunities – I hate complacency.
your never too old to travel and enjoy life and new discoveries…would love to do that walk also some day, thanks for connecting on my blog about Mendocino
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Thank you for reading, Noel and maybe one day we’ll be on the Camino at the same time! I know your photos would be amazing!
Happy Birthday Abi we send happy wishes for an exciting 60th year.
Patti, have you noticed the footwear of our friend walking The Way? Love it.
Yes! I think it’s hilarious, but whatever works!
I totally agree. I used to have difficulty treating older patients in the emergency room as they thought I was fresh out of med school. I had 10 years experience under my belt then lol.
It’s more about how you feel within. I feel 10 years younger and only think about my age if I’m asked for my date of birth.
Btw it sounds like you may have carpal tunnel syndrome in your wrist there.
Try a carpel tunnel wrist band and see if that helps. We can discuss further if you want – via email 🙂
I can just see you in the emergency room with patients looking at you like you were Doogie Howser or something!
My husband celebrated the big 6-oh in June and I’ll join him next April. I can’t deny that I’m creakier, but I also feel wiser and less anxious about the future. I am content with the way my life turned or so far, so I consider the rest of it to be gravy, but not in a morbid way.
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I like that term, “creakier.” I definitely have my creaky days. And I totally understand what you mean about worrying about the future – you spend your life planning for it and then the day comes when it you just want to live it! That’s exactly where I am now, ready to take that leap!