I am Celebrating 72 years!

June 9th, 2021, is my 72nd Birthday and I am celebrating it! I am delighted to have attained this age because 21 years ago I was not sure I would see even one year more. But I survived that major health challenge and I am still here. I have thought about my age and here is what I have discovered about being older.

I do not have to try to do everything. I have made choices about my paths in life and I am happy with how they turned out. I do not have to stress over pursuing a career. I’ve been there and done that. I do not have to worry about romance in my life or the lack thereof. I am happily married to a wonderful man that I have been with for 37 years.

I have learned to say NO! I do not have to please everyone and acquiesce to all their requests of my time and energy. I can choose where to put my focus and who or what I wish to help or assist.

I have learned that time does not stand still. What is a catastrophe today may cut deeply but will heal with time. Time is on our side. Things pass and we are still here to live our lives.

I am doing better at learning to live in the present. This is a great skill and although I have not mastered it yet I am getting much closer to doing so.

I have learned to turn it over. I am not religious but I have learned that there are times in life when I must hand over control and let go. There are times when there is nothing I can do but ask my Higher Power for help; for someone I know who is in a bad situation or for myself if I need it.

I do not want to go back go being in my 20s. I do not want to be having to make all those decisions and deal with all those uncertainties. Here …there…which way…how… what?? So many questions for a young person and the view that there is so little time to answer them all.

Do I hope for a long life? Yes and no. I hope for a life with good physical and mental health. I hope to be able to continue riding as long as I can get into the saddle. I do not hope to outlive all of my friends and family.

What have I learned in my 72 years? I shall give you a quote from Lao Tzu written in the Tao Te Ching over 2000 years ago and still holding true today.

Knowing others is wisdom; Knowing the self is enlightenment.”. — Tao Te Ching. 

Cheers!

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  1. rkrontheroad says:

    Happy birthday, Anne! What you haven’t said (directly) in your post is that you have gained wisdom in your years. Thanks for sharing your learnings. Cheers!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are most welcome. Some of the lessons I have learned were learned the hard way. If I can pass on some tips to avoid that I am happy to do it.

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  2. Happy belated birthday. May this year be grand

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much!

      Like

  3. da-AL says:

    tx for sharing your wisdom with us ❤ wishing you many happy healthy years ahead, dear

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  4. Tina Schell says:

    Love this one Anne, and hope your birthday was wonderful. Sorry I’m late wishing you all the best. Had my own crisis this week when we had a serious fire at our home. I am working hard on handing over control which is hard because I really am a control freak. but we’re getting there and are staying with good friends whose generosity is incredible. I’m focused on how much worse it could have been and how fortunate we are to have such good friends who have our backs during a difficult time. Your words were timed perfectly for us.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Oh dear! I can imagine how horrendous it would be to deal with the aftermath of a serious fire. I am glad you are OK. I hope some of my post’s philosophy can help with the mental issues.

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  5. Jeff Rab says:

    Happy Belated Cake Day, Anne!!! Best wishes and may the best be yet to come!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Jeff!

      Liked by 1 person

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