Today I am 70.
A big number.
Of course, I can't help wondering how big that number will finally be. Guess everyone thinks about how long they will live at some time or another.
For some reason my 60s weren't a big deal. I seldom thought about just how long I would live while marking each birthday anniversary in my 60s. Maybe the 60s were a big deal for our parents or grandparents, but with the state of medical care and improved longevity today, the 60s were just a bump in the road for me. Looking at my family history - my mother and her relatives lived well into their 80s - some into their 90s. I am my mother's clone. But there are no guarantees in this aging path for any of us.
No matter how I wrap my mind around it, 70 is different. To my ear, it sounds like I am talking about someone else's age - not mine.
It is right about here ... when well meaning people (usually younger people) whip out the common platitudes about aging. You know the ones ... age is just a number, you are only as old as you feel, age brings wisdom, you should be grateful for the years you have, etc. etc. etc.
Make no mistake! I am grateful for this 70th birthday. Really! Many people never get the opportunity to age - a few of those unfortunate folks were my peers. So my feelings on this day are are filled with gratitude.
Regardless ... sweep all those typical feel good statements aside ... 70 is a big number to me. I really really want it to sound like a smaller number.
My guess is when I am facing 85 ... 70 will sound like a smaller number! Ha!
I noticed recently on CNN that the oldest person in the world just died at the age of 117. How anyone knows out of the billions of people on this earth exactly who is "the oldest person in the world" - is beyond me. But 117 years of age is a HUGE number. I wouldn't aspire to that age - unless I could be sure to be mobile and of sound mind. Since I am not sure I am of sound mind now (ha!), I guess that knocks me out of the running to beat her record. I bet this lady would think that 70 is a small number. But 117 years of age would be too big a number for me. My world presently would look entirely different at the age of 117. For example: the age of my oldest child if he survived would be 91 years of age. Gads!! Worse yet - if he didn't survive and I had to live through that loss. No, no, no. I most certainly do not want to live that long.
That leaves me wondering which advanced age number would satisfy a desire to have lived a full life. I couldn't begin to guess that number. But I can confidently say that 70 is too young to say "I have lived a full life."
Hmm ... 70 .... too young. I think I can live with that!!😛
Happy Birthday to me.