Charles and I have been talking about booking a trip to commemorate my birthday for weeks. We’ve scoured websites and websites and websites looking at various places and tonight . . . we did it.
I’ll keep you in suspense for a little while on just where we’re going, but I can tell you it’s outside of the continental US, but in one of our time zones and is not Mexico. Not that we have anything against Mexico.
We don’t travel much and this trip will be quite a bit different from our trips in the past to Spain, Botswana, and London and I’m so looking forward to a little time away.
Now . . . what to pack?
Whether I like it or not the big 5-0 is virtually around the corner. I look in the mirror and don’t quite see a middle-aged woman, but here I am – 49 and counting.
When you look up what is considered middle age Wikipedia’s definition reads, “Middle age is the period of age beyond young adulthood but before the onset of old age.”
WHAT?! OLD AGE?!!!! That sounds awful and just way worse!
I mean I had my first ever hospital stay in December 2013 and that replaced my left hip, so I’ve always joked that I’m good for another 100,000 miles. Right? Never had a broken bone, chicken pox, measles and yet my first big foray into hospitalization was a hip replacement, so I should really have lots of living in front of me, I’d think.
But the reality is I know that I’m marching faster towards death than birth. I understand that it’s possible for me to live to 100 years and beyond, but does that sounds like an exciting goal? I also get that we’re living in an amazing world of technology and perhaps by the time I creep up on 100 that we’ll be able to live to be 150. Can you imagine that? And what if I just decided to slow it all down and just put myself in a big cryo-freezer and stop the aging process altogether? Okay, I’m joking. Totally joking.
And yet here I am . . . on a countdown to 50. No stopping it now.
So over the next 32 days I’m going to dust off this tiny blog and spend a few moments each day reflecting back on my 49 years and what I’d like to accomplish in the next 49.
Thanks for following along.