In Others’ Words: All the Other Ages You’ve Been

Birthday quote 2016

Today is my birthday and I’m embracing it by playing hooky and spending the day with my husband. We’re planning on enjoying the Colorado sunshine — maybe going for a hike in Garden of the Gods.

For me, birthdays are when I stop and think about the 364 days since my last birthday and I count all the reasons I have to be thankful. Yes, I’m older. I hope I’m wiser. And I am always, always grateful to God for so many things — and even more thankful for the people in my life. That includes you. Thanks for stopping by this blog, whether you comment or not. Each blog post represents a bit of my heart.

Today’s quote? Well, it encapsulates my mindset about aging. There’s no denying my age — not that I print it out on a T-shirt and wear it, either. I’m the age that I am. And really, to be younger, what years would I give back? Would I give back any of the years of marriage? No. Would I give back any of the years my children were born or the years they were growing up? No. Would I give back any of my growing up years? No — although I wouldn’t want to go back and be a teenager again.

My age doesn’t define me … but it has influenced who I am.

In Your Words: What’s your take on birthdays? How do you celebrate them? Anybody else celebrating a birthday today?

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YCHL announcement 2016 My enovella, You Can’t Hurry Love, released this week! I’m celebrating all week long over on my Author Facebook page with a “favorites giveaway”! Every day I’m giving away a favorite thing, as well as a copy of You Can’t Hurry Love. Come join the fun!

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3 Comments

  1. May 5, 2016, 2:49 am   /  Reply

    Happy Birthday, Beth!

    I don’t really celebrate birthdays, or reflect on them. I live very much in the now; it’s all I have.

  2. Gail Hollingsworth
    May 5, 2016, 7:18 am   /  Reply

    Enjoy your day! I celebrate each birthday. I turned 62 on the 3rd and after having breast cancer almost 5 years ago each one is special.

  3. May 5, 2016, 7:44 am   /  Reply

    One year as I approached my birthday, I thought I was a year older than I was. Don’t ask me how I got that into my head. lol Anyway as I looked at my birthday pictures–yes, I used to take a picture of myself every year on my birthday–and I couldn’t find the photo of the year I thought I was. Then I realized I wasn’t 43, but 42. It’s a really strange feeling to gain a year. 🙂

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