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Coming up 60 [May. 16th, 2012|05:10 pm]
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So I came up 60 last weekend, an accomplishment mainly achieved by getting up every morning and not dying. Some people don't manage it, so it is an accomplishment, but scarcely an achievement.

I have been thinking about things to say about this notional milestone birthday, and nothing special comes to mind. Like most people who arrive at this point I'm a little surprised. In some ways I don't *feel* all that different internally than I did 40 years ago...but I am, and not just by virtue of grey hair, extra weight, and somewhat less stamina and recuperative power.

According to actuarial models I can expect another 18 years or so, realizing that's a statistical assurance and not definite. Anything else I want to accomplish needs to be done in that time period, and probably in less time than that. This is different than thinking about the next 10 or 15 years when you're 20 or 30 or even 50--there's not any room for "Well, I'll get to that later on."  This is pretty much it.

For someone of my temperament, there is some pressure to "get it right" is such circumstances.

Heh. I felt that pressure at 20; of course I feel it at 60! Who am I kidding? But this time it makes a bit more sense than it did then.

I don't know whether blogging will be part of what I come up with or not. But if it is, I will surely have to do better than I have since getting drawn into old friends reunion time on facebook!

I won't tell you to stay tuned. But if I find myself coming back here often, I may.

May your day and your week and life be blessed!
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[User Picture]From: breathingbooks
2012-05-17 08:42 pm (UTC)
So I came up 60 last weekend, an accomplishment mainly achieved by getting up every morning and not dying

I laughed - and happy birthday regardless.
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