I recently turned 51 years old. I had a wonderful day with my family and friends cruising around on a boat on a sunny Sunday. We listened to live music, ate lots of delicious food and toasted to my birthday multiple times, ( a good idea at the moment but not such a great one when walking up early on Monday morning!) I had an amazing day and never experienced the "holy shit I am 51 years old," feeling on my birthday but I did a few days later. I started to think about all of the things I still want to accomplish in my life and wondered if I was any wiser at this age and what that really meant.
I thought about my mother who was only 59 years old when she passed away, she was young, beautiful with so much still to do and see in her life. Losing my mother at that very young age was not only devastating but made me realize that life is so very short and there is soooo much I want to do, see, learn and experience. This is probably one of the reasons I started this blog. I am the co-founder of a company with two other partners, so starting this blog is something I am doing completely solo, something I have never done before and know very little about. Honestly, I am still learning so much about this and there are days where I question the reasons for doing this when my plate is completely overflowing, but I have learned that doing this makes me happy and feeds my soul.
Every birthday, I might see another wrinkle, or see more gray hair but it is also an opportunity for me to become the person I want to be without judgement or fear. I have learned at this age, that if I want to wear something, eat something, do something (like this blog) that I need to go for it and silence the voice in my head that is telling me "wait, what you're wearing that?
So I am not sure, if I'm wiser, maybe just braver :) I recently stumbled upon this quote after my birthday by David Bowie, "Aging is extraordinary process where you become the person you always should have been," I LOVE this!
All of you beauties, go out there, go for it, do it without judgement or fear, feed your mind and soul with what makes you happy.
Would love to hear what lessons if any you have learned when celebrating a birthday, share.