On Being 50

Just another day catching up with old friends.

Just another day catching up with old friends. Toronto, ON 2015

Today, I turn 50. Half a century. The BIG 5-0. So how does it feel? I’m going to tell you.

Today, I woke up. When I woke up the sun was rising, a breeze was blowing and birds were singing. Just like yesterday.

My beautiful wife of 25 years was already up and getting ready for work. My three wonderful children are happy, healthy, and confident young adults moving forward in their lives. Just like yesterday.

I have a large extended family of brothers, sisters, in-laws, friends, and others. My parents and my in-laws, while older, are healthy, happy, and active. Just like yesterday.

On the Santa Ana River trail in Orange, CA. Around 1973 or '74. Reminiscent of the movie

On the Santa Ana River trail. Reminiscent of the movie “Stand By Me.” I’m second from left. Don’t you love those handlebars? Orange, CA 1973 or ’74

I live in a comfortable home in a nice neighborhood with good neighbors. I have food to eat, water to drink, and air to breathe. The dogs are sleeping on the couch and the cat is curled up in a corner. Just like yesterday.

The car runs, there are bills to pay, and a plethora of daily chores and worries. I look in the mirror and see an older man whose hair is just starting to gray. I have a few minor aches and pains, but they go away. Just like yesterday.

I am loved and love. I will smile and frown. Just like yesterday.

But today is different, and not because I’m 50. It’s different because every day is different. Just like yesterday.

So if today feels like yesterday, and yesterday the day before, how do I feel? Like a child. Just like yesterday.

Taft Elementary School, Orange, CA. 1971

Taft Elementary School Orange, CA. 1971

My age is not tied to my body. It is tied to my heart and my mind. I never age because I love to keep the child alive. Just like yesterday.

My birthday wish is that each and every one of you has the same sort of blessings in your life, and when you wake up in the morning you start the day with a smile and say, “Wow, this feels just like yesterday.”

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