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Sunday, 1 October 2017

Reaching A Milestone

There are many milestones in life from first words, first steps, going to school, graduation, first jobs, marriage, children, retirement, grandchildren.....lots and lots of milestones.  Today I have reached a MAJOR milestone.  I have accomplished the Biblical allotment of my days.  Anything after this is gravy.
I asked myself this morning what I have accomplished in seventy years and was forced to admit, "not much".  Oh yes, raised a child, did my part by working and paying my own way, painted a few pictures, wrote a few poems, cooked a LOT of meals...but nothing really earth shaking....nothing that really made a difference.  Of course, the next question I asked myself was, "What do you want to do with whatever time is left?"  Couldn't think of a dang thing.
I feel old.  I look old.  I can still remember that fresh child who had no fear and tons of energy.  She's still in here but she's been somewhat hampered by arthritis.  No bike riding for her anymore.  No running and jumping.  Ah...but inside....she's still a speed demon.  

23 comments:

  1. A very Happy Birthday to you. And not only is your inner child a speed demon, your current brain would give her a run for her money.

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    1. Thank you...I shall make myself useful today and do some housework lol.

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  2. Happy 3-score-and-10th birthday, Delores! I'm only a couple years behind and wondering the same things. However, my firm belief is that the good we do creates an influence of no perceptible end. And you may accept your future as an opportunity to continue your good work, play and enjoyment. No, I'm not being Pollyannaish --this comes from someone who must work no kitchen plumbing in the morning.

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    1. Oops, Freudian Slip: I meant "ON kitchen plumbing in the morning" --sink's stopped up real bad tonight.

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    2. So in actual fact, NO kitchen plumbing was also correct. Got any 'liquid plumber' on hand?

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  3. Congratulations on reaching that milestone, and happy birthday. I've got a few years to go before I get there and thinking back, I haven't done anything spectacular either.
    Perhaps our existence is simply to bring forth the next generation who in turn would do the same and somewhere further down the line will be a genius, someone who will discover miraculous things and save the world. A future someone who might have never been born if we weren't here at this particular time.

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    1. That is a veery comforting thought. I think I'll take it and run with it.

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  4. Happy birthday.

    I haven't done anything that's going to be remembered, and I'm not leaving children behind who can go on to affect the world somehow.

    That's okay, I hope. I am having a great time. It sounds as though you are still looking ahead at how to make the most of your days and that's all any of us can do at any age, right? I don't know. Nobody seems to have any answers to that.

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    1. Thanks Harry. I intend to enjoy each and every day I' given.

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  5. Just take advantage, day by day by day by day. Or, week by...

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  6. Happy Birthday! I know what you mean about accomplishments. Sigh ... I wanted to leave my mark and I failed, too late now and I don't care. I suppose it all depends on the love you leave behind to gauge how successful a person was in life.
    Have a great day!

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  7. Happy Birthday Delores, to you and that speed demon still inside, I hope you have a wonderful day.

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    1. Libra's are the best...so well balanced lol.

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  9. Happy Birthday, Delores! Have a great year, and many more. I would echo EC, Geo., and River in their comments. You sure seem like an asset to planet Earth from what I can tell :)

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    1. Thank you so much......I intent to enjoy every day.

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  10. First: Happy Birthday. Second, consider that very few people will ever leave a lasting impact on society as a whole and no one will ever leave an eternal impact on the world. Instead, consider your accomplishments by the effects you've had on others and the satisfaction of the life you've been living. If it's any consolation, this is something I've been dwelling on hard and considering how to use my years is a quickly, ever-consuming thought.

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    1. Thank you for the birthday wishes....I won't let worrying about making a difference keep me up at night lol.

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  11. Did I mention that I like gravy.

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  12. They may be belated but they are most sincere.
    My good wishes for your birthday and to a good year to come.

    All the best Jan

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