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    Compared to most people on MDA, I'm an elder; in my 60s, and today my precious granddaughters turn 10 years old--old!--strange term for people under fifty. I've always said it's the kids and grandkids that make us feel old, otherwise I still feel very young. Then I look at my soon to be 45 yo daughter, and her girls, and my soon to be 30 yo son, and think--Jeeezus, how did I get this old! I'm on the downhill side of living, which is actually very fine, since I'm a very fortunate person who has a far better life than I deserve. Still I want these years to be even better than my early, I will live forever, years; so I work hard at good health, eating primal, thinking about what matters most and letting go of the crap than so easily bogs down a life.

    Anyway, my little grandbabies have become "yo" girls, who are definitely entering the preteen phase with a glee. It seems like only yesterday, I mean literally only a little while ago, they were infants, but what a lot of fun to watch these fraternal twins, night and day different, growing, and to be so proud of what a great job their mother is doing.

    Enjoy your life--this one is all too short. One day you look back and think, why did I waste so much energy on bs, negative people, and worry over things that really are not that important.

    Also, Happy July 4th!
    This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
    Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

  • #2
    Amen!

    When I look back at the stress I caused myself by worrying about things that ultimately didn't matter, it's just sad. I'm 46, and I actually love being this age because I feel like I have a much clearer picture of life and priorities. I just feel so much more at peace with myself.

    I don't know if life ever gets easy, but your attitude matures and you see the big picture instead of the minutiae.
    Durp.

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    • #3
      It's my birthday today, too, and I'm turning 51. Best wishes to your granddaughters. I don't have any yet, but I look at my adult sons (21 and 18) and wonder where the years go.

      Amen to making the best of life at any age!
      Last edited by marthat; 07-03-2011, 10:51 AM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by marthat View Post
        It's my birthday today, too, and I'm turning 51. Best wishes to your granddaughters. I don't have any yet, but I look at my adult sons (21 and 18) and winder where the years go.

        Amen to making the best of life at any age!
        Happy Birthday!

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        • #6
          Happy Birthday to your grandkids, and to you Marthat.

          js290-I sure hope so!
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          I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

          “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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          • #7
            I'm 68 - maybe not quite the oldest person here. This is not my birthday. However, I count the 4th of July as the date I began using the Primal Blueprint. (I don't label my self as Primal, Paleo or anything else.) I do not feel old any more. Oh, my hair is still gray (not as gray as a year ago) and thin on top (not as thin as a year ago), my short term memory is not what it used to be (but better than a year ago) . . . . I could go on.

            Happy birthday to all who are having them, including the USA.
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            • #8
              Hedonist: Happy Do-it-your-way Birthday!
              Marthat: A very happy birthday to you, too
              js290: I expect to live into my 90s based on family trend, if I don't get run over by one of the 10,000 idiots. But years without good health is awful, so I do want to keep going pretty much as I am now if at all possible. I'm not giving in a minute before I have to.

              I love this time of life, though I wouldn't mind swapping out some parts from the 1970s version; still a classic is a classic. We 1940 models are still very cool (we even invented the term "cool").
              This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

              Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
              Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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              • #9
                Originally posted by RitaRose View Post
                Amen!

                When I look back at the stress I caused myself by worrying about things that ultimately didn't matter, it's just sad. I'm 46, and I actually love being this age because I feel like I have a much clearer picture of life and priorities. I just feel so much more at peace with myself.

                I don't know if life ever gets easy, but your attitude matures and you see the big picture instead of the minutiae.
                I give you an Amen to your Amen! I really loved my 40s, it was the time for me when I truly grew up and let go of too many "shoulds."
                This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                • #10
                  59. PB 14 months:

                  I do not feel old any more. Oh, my hair is still gray (not as gray as a year ago), my short term memory is not what it used to be (but better than a year ago)
                  +1
                  activate the rhythm, the rhythm that has always been within

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                  • #11
                    Thank you, all! So far today has been awesome, and more good stuff to come.

                    I too loved my 40's and used the decade to achieve all kinds of good things. I figured that my 20's were given to my education and starting my career, my 30's were given to being mommy, and by the time I turned 40 it was time to find some ME time in my life. I started running, started quilting as a creative outlet, started getting tattoos, started taking some weekends with my girlfriends. All good stuff that actually made me so happy that I was a better person in my career and as a mom. I"m aiming for the 50's to be just as good - once I get the menopause s*%t under control! LOL

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                    • #12
                      Age is partly mindset. I have friends in their 40s who are older in attitude, physical being, than my mother who is still rocking, great looking, etc. I remember a couple kids in high school who were already middle aged in how they thought, what they did.
                      WWW.SUGARAHOLICS.COM

                      I was a sugarbaby; meaning since I was born I was given lots of sugar, and ate lots of processed foods, especially sweets until I was into my thirties. Most people in the west were/are sugarbabies.

                      “How does today’s youngster educate his sense of taste? By submerging it in a sea of sugar from the time he gets up to the time he goes to bed.” W. Root and Richard DeRochemont, Eating in America (1976)

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                      • #13
                        One of my granddaughters offered a surprising bit of wisdom, yesterday. I said, Happy Double Digits, apparently several others offered the same, and her response was: I don't get the big deal with double digits. You are in single digits only 9 years, and if you are very lucky maybe a few years in triple digits, but nearly your whole life is double digits!
                        Out of the mouths of babes, eh.

                        Also, this cracked me up: the girls got for their gifts a keyboard for one, the other an electric guitar; what did they do? Spent most of the afternoon sliding down the basement stairs on the boxes the instruments came in. My son-in-law does facepalm: It's their first birthday all over again. Spend a bizzilion dollars on gifts and they are playing with the boxes.
                        Last edited by Digby; 07-04-2011, 05:22 AM.
                        This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

                        Any given day you are surrounded by 10,000 idiots.
                        Lao Tsu, founder of Taoism

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                        • #14
                          Originally posted by marthat View Post
                          Thank you, all! So far today has been awesome, and more good stuff to come.

                          I too loved my 40's and used the decade to achieve all kinds of good things. I figured that my 20's were given to my education and starting my career, my 30's were given to being mommy, and by the time I turned 40 it was time to find some ME time in my life. I started running, started quilting as a creative outlet, started getting tattoos, started taking some weekends with my girlfriends. All good stuff that actually made me so happy that I was a better person in my career and as a mom. I"m aiming for the 50's to be just as good - once I get the menopause s*%t under control! LOL
                          i'm 42 & tho i hate the sound of the number, i don't think i've ever been more content with everything just as it is. Keeping active def keeps people younger. I just rode mtb's with my husband and a lady who is 10 years older than me & looks fantastic! I look better now at 42 than i did 10+ yrs ago before i started riding bikes. Now i just want to save up enough to check out of this rat race so i can have more fun on more than just the weekends & vacation.

                          ps - i luv your pink flower tatt in the avatar. I've got some ideas for my own tatt enhancement but i'm going to let them stew & ferment before i actually hunt down an artist & plunk down the $$$$$.

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                          • #15
                            Happy Birthday and Happy Un-Birthday to you all
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                            Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
                            CW: 146.8 lbs
                            GW 140 lbs
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