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!

106 Comments Add yours

  1. Prior... says:

    happy birthday to my blogging friend !
    your post here reminds me of the contentment i have sensed from you before
    you have a lot of practical wisdom here with such a nice outlook on life 😉

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  2. Happy Birthday! May God bless you with many more!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Jessy!

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  3. cigarman501 says:

    Cheers to you and a belated Happy Birthday!!!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I am having a Birthday week with wishes still coming in.😃

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  4. JD says:

    Happy birthday, dear, dear Anne!

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  5. firnhyde says:

    Happy birthday!!!!

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  6. misifusa says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Anne! May the coming year be filled with all the goodness your heart can hold! xoxo

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  7. Emma Cownie says:

    Congratulations and happy Birthday! I hope there are many more to come!!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Emma!

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  8. Happy Birthday Anne! A great journey and lots of experiences! You are an inspiration! 🤩🤩💕💕

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Ribana!

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  9. Marsha says:

    Happy birthday, Anne. I had no idea you were any way close to that age judging from how active you are. I am approaching 70, and like you I am grateful for each day and want to live long as a healthy adult, not as an invalid. Nor do I want to outlive everyone I know on the planet. 🙂 So have a wonderful birthday, and here’s to another year. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Marsha. In my head I am still in my 60s! HaHA!

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  10. Yelling Rosa says:

    Congratulations ❤

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  11. I am still 1 up on you. Happy belated birthday 🥳 🎁🍾🎊🥳🎂🎈

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    1. anne leueen says:

      HaHa! Yes you are but you inspire me to keep going and stay strong!

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      1. I have had some low days, but everyone says it’s early days, and it will get better ❤️‍🩹

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  12. David says:

    Happy Birthday, Anne. I’m glad to have your company in “I’m glad where I’m at.”

    I’m poor at taking advice, the kind that says “you have to do this, you have to do that.” No, I don’t. I do take risks, which is my nature. I can lose absolutely everything tomorrow, North Ranch, my wife, my daughters, every bit of who I am and be happy with where I’m at.

    Many cheers!!! 😎😎😎

    We still have half a magnum and two bottles of champagne from the other night. We have a couple of things coming up on the calendar to celebrate. We’ll see. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Good to know you have more bubbly for celebrations. The rider at the barn who used to turn up with bubbly and plastic flute glasses at shows is not completing now as she has had s baby a few months ago. I may have to fill thr gap myself!😃

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  13. VJ Knutson says:

    Happy belated, Anne! Good attitude! Hope you had a suitably celebratory day.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I had a grand day and thank you for your good wishes.

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      1. VJ Knutson says:

        Good to hear Anne! And things start to open up today!

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  14. Aww, happy birthday, Anne! You share a birthday with my mom, who would have been 81 years old yesterday. She passed in March 2020 just before covid closed the world. You are an amazing testament to living life, your passions for horses, writing and photography, which have obviously taught you wonderful life lessons. Cheers to another long set of years well lived! ❤

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this comment Terri. It is much appreciated!

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  15. iammrsshecky says:

    Happy Birthday to you!

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  16. Happy Birthday! Celebrate!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Kathleen!

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  17. de Wets Wild says:

    Happy birthday, Anne!

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  18. Michele Lee says:

    The happiest of birthdays to you, Anne! I enjoyed your reflective birthday thoughts, so much so I read over them a few times, letting them sink in. Thank goodness you made it through a major health issue twenty-one years ago – no doubt it made you stronger. I enjoy your posts, your photos, and appreciate your engagement. You are an inspiration!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Michelle. 21 years ago I was in a very bad situation with cancer. I prepared everything in my life and work to be ok for my family if I did not make it. But I had a 7.5 hour surgery and after 10 days in hospital I came home and began life again. I am always mindful now that life is fragile and I am very fortunate to be 72 years old. Many do not have this privilege. I’m glad you found my post interesting.

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      1. Michele Lee says:

        You are most welcome, Anne. Thank you so much for sharing your health journey with me. That means a lot to me. I am sure your serious health situation is never too far from your memory and no doubt it gave you a great appreciation for every day. An appreciation that extends to those in your circle and for those, like me, who learn of your story. Thanks again for sharing. Best birthday week to you!! Warrior woman! 💪🏼 🌻💖

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        1. anne leueen says:

          I always hope that my story of survival can encourage others who may be faced with a difficult diagnosis. Thank you so much for your comment.

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          1. Michele Lee says:

            You are most welcome, Anne. Thank YOU for your openness. 💖

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  19. Congratulations. Wishing you enlightenment, from one who has yet to gain wisdom 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much. Wisdom does come with age so don’t give up looking for it!

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  20. Happy Birthday!

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  21. Congratulations and Happy Birthday, Anne 🎂🍾🎉

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  22. Cheers to a wonderful full healthy happy life with many more saddle sitting pony riding years ahead, Happy Birthday Anne.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I certainly hope for more riding years ahead.

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  23. Camryn says:

    Happy birthday Anne! Hope you have a blessed day 🥂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank ,you Camryn!

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  24. Happy 72nd birthday Anne, wishing you a magical day and many more happy birthdays to come 🤗💖🎉 xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Xenia!

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  25. Many more happy returns of the day maa. Love your choice of Birthday dress. It’s a wonderful post you said how a wonderful life should be.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Subbashini!.

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  26. Happy Birthday !!

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  27. Anne Sandler says:

    Happy Birthday Anne! We’re both Geminis. I’ll be 78 this month. You’ve listed many good attributes that lend themselves to a happy life. I hope you have many more wonderful years ahead.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Geminis! I have not studied a lot of astrology but I have always found the Twin concept interesting. I am glad you found something of interest in the post.

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  28. Sarah Davis says:

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing your hard earned wisdom is this post and your regular posts. A couple of weeks you reminded me that I am sitting on a flight animal. That has really helped me with me new, somewhat skittish horse. We are finally gelling as I am providing better support when he needs to trust me.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am glad that something I said may have helped. My Biasini was quite spooky when I first got him. But over time he has learned to trust me. I never kick on to get him past something that is scaring him. I just let him go up to it and as he is always curious he will go right up and give it a sniff. He did this today when we were just coming our of the forest on our trail ride and there was a new sign on the barn driveway. He thought he would spin and get away but I said “no lets just check it out. Its just a new sign.” So that is what we did. I have also found it is valuable to give a small treat at a scary thing. If he wont eat it it means he is still frightened and if he does eat it when we can move on as he’s over it.

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      1. Sarah Davis says:

        Thank you. I really will put what you share about how you work with horses. I am learning from you. This new guy and I will be fine as he understands I will keep my promise not to ride him into a bear. He is willing to please, so while he wants to whirl or bolt, he responds to my cues. When he calms, I treat him like I do my dogs with lots of good boys and pats on the neck.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          Excellent. I remember a few years ago Biasini would NOT go on any of the trails that headed West. I decided not to argue about this although I thought it was so odd. Later I found that a bear had been seen in the western part of the forest!!! Biasini must have been able to smell it. So he save me and himself from that encounter!

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          1. Sarah Davis says:

            I actually ran into a bear on a horse once. That was in Yellowstone and there was no stopping the whirl and run. We literally came face to face with a young griz!

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          2. anne leueen says:

            Oh My!! that would justify a spin and bolt for sure.

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  29. sandyjwhite says:

    Happy birthday Anne! Age does bring wisdom and a sense of personal freedom not enjoyed in one’s youth.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree Sandy. Thanks for you good wishes.

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      1. sandyjwhite says:

        My pleasure, Anne.

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  30. dprastka says:

    Happiest Birthday wishes to you and such words of wisdom!! May each day forward bring joy and happiness, especially with your sweet Biasini and hubby at your side! ❤️🎂🐴🤠

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Diana. Thank you also for your lovely wishes for the future.

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  31. Ann Jo Hall says:

    Strength you have.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I believe we all have strength but sometimes life seems to stifle it. Thank you for our comment.

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  32. Valerie says:

    Happy Birthday! May you continue to enjoy health, happiness, your family and your lovely horse!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for these nice wishes.

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  33. etikser says:

    Happy Birthday!

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  34. Laura says:

    Happy birthday Anne, you’re enjoying the perfect journey just for you, the best way to live, have a great day. Congratulations.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you very much Laura for this comment.

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  35. Very happy birthday, Anne! You writed so beautiful. Wishing you all the best and have a nice day!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Georgeta!

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  36. Happy birthday, Anne! I like very much your words, it’s a lovely post! All the best to you and your family!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for your comment Georgeta!

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  37. Avery says:

    Cheers! Happy happy birthday! My favorite drink for celebration! Each day is a day for it!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Avery! Any excuse for a glass of bubbly is what I think too!

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  38. nesfelicio says:

    Very well-written, Anne. These are words that reflect wisdom and confidence in what and who you are. Few are as lucky.
    Happy birthday, and wishing you more happy returns! Cheers!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much for this comment

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  39. Yes! I so agree that each year is to be treasured and celebrated. Very happy birthday!

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  40. Robyn says:

    Happy birthday, Anne! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Robyn!

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  41. Cheers! What a clear & excellent message!

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  42. Vicky Earle says:

    Many healthy and happy returns of the day!!! You have a great perspective on life!! Warmest wishes.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Vicky

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  43. Nilzeitung says:

    All the best to you and your family, have a nice birthday party, all the best, you have more than enough energy and performance for your sport, and then called on others, With God’s blessing and his protection, be protected and healthy and enjoy the birthday party !! and keep it up. until the celebration of 80 years and more. !!! Many Thanks.(se/nz)👏🎁🎂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for these good wishes!

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      1. Nilzeitung says:

        Bitte, Bitte, sehr gerne Geschehen !!(((*L*)))

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  44. Rupali says:

    Many happy returns of the day Anne. A lovely post to celebrate your birthday. 🥂🎂💐

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Rupali. I’m glad you liked this post.

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  45. Sherry Ziobro says:

    Happy Birthday Leueen! Hope to see you again I’m Florida. You inspire me to realize I have time to ride and improve . Like you, I want to ride as long as I can get in the saddle! Have a great day!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      We must not give up our passion for riding. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  46. You look fabulous. Happy birthday dear Anne. Great fighter wisdom lessons for all of us.

    Nara x

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you. I like the term “fighter wisdom” I think it is exactly what is needed in life.

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  47. Lesley says:

    Many Happy Returns, Anne! 💐🍰🍷🙌💖 I’m celebrating with you. Have a lovely day! 🐴🌞🌻

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