Thursday, March 6, 2014

I did it!

I cried when I turned 30. I rejoiced when I turned 40, and I didn't mind turning fifty, or even sixty because of the senior discount perks. 

In three months, ninety days from today, my personal calendar will scream at me: OLD TIMER. Today, in preparation for eligibility, I signed up for Medicare. Yikes!

I remember when my parents had to go through the red tape and rig-a-marol. Thank goodness for computers. Still confusing as ever, but I did it. Now I might tackle all of the buttons on my I Phone.

I am feeling mixed emotions: a bit melancholy, very grateful that I have lived this long and am healthy and do not have to take prescription drugs. I am sad because I have lost so many friends, and so many friends and family members are suffering from cancer and other debilitating illnesses including paralysis.

I feel like I am standing midway in a tunnel...looking over my shoulder back at my past. I also feel as if I am looking forward, ahead to what's yet to come and making the most of the rest of my life. 

My bucket list includes kissing that little baby boy growing in my granddaughter's tummy. I would also like to escape winter by heading south. Bill and I have jokingly said we will just hop in the car and travel North, East, West, South. 

Nobody is promised tomorrow, and although I have plans and dreams, I can only live for today, pray for those in need and help those I can.

What I have learned is that a smile offered is usually returned, and being kind to everyone is a necessity for peaceful coexistence. Today I plan to give away smiles.

You know what would really make ME smile? If I heard from Blue Mountain Arts, the company that has been shopping my verse for one year (this month) in a greeting card test market. Send some good vibes, will you?
Spring is in the air, almost 50 degrees today. Oh and it is school picture day.


Susan Sundwall said...

You EXACTLY echo my sentiments. Did the Medicare thing last year. The wonderful things about growing older outweigh the not so. But I'll take it all. Oh - and here's some good vibes {{{{}}}} and a smile!

Unknown said...

Sending good vibes!!! Come on Blue Mountain Art. You can't do better than our Linda. As for Medicare...*sigh* I too have crossed that threshold. I must say it's nice to find some good things as we deal with being a senior. (((shudder)) Not fond of that word!

Shelly said...

I minded turning 30 much more than I did 40 or 50. It's all good, isn't it? And I hope the card sells soon!

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Come on down to the South; there's plenty of room. Although we're still looking for spring, it's been showing it's face occasionally. It's just a matter of time.

Good luck on your greeting card! I had a few published by DaySpring many years ago, but Blue Mountain Arts would be a dream.

Southhamsdarling said...

What a lovely post, Linda. It's really strange but, like Shelly, I minded being 30, much more than being 40, 50 and even 60! Let's hope that Blue Mountain Art finally come up trumps for you! We have so much to be grateful for, including our bloggy friends!!

Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--If Blue Mountain Arts reacts like most markets/editors to your submissions, they will snap you up. (Their jaws just work veeeeeeeery slooooooowly.;)

Val said...

Vibes sent. You could come just a little bit south, and experience my Backroads wonders. There's a piece of gas station chicken calling your name.

Connie said...

A smile offered is usually returned. Yes, it is. Here's one back for you for the one you just gave me. :-)
Hope you have a nice weekend!

River said...

I never understood people being upset at turning 30...40...50. It's just a number and if you don't feel that old on the inside what difference does it make? I'm a senior myself now but don't feel old unless something is hurting, usually my neck where the arthritis is worst.
Here's a smile for you....


Congratulations on being senior.

(in Australia we're considered seniors at 60)

Bookie said...

It sounds like we are running the track almost side by side. Glad I found you to share the race with. Sun shines here today. Have a great day.

Susan said...

Hi Linda...Love your tunnel analogy.

Yup, life goes by pretty quickly so we must make the most of each day, love a lot, complain little (or not at all) and be grateful.

Honing gratitude has been instrumental in improving my life. When I am thanking, I'm not complaining.

Like Bookie, I'm glad I found you (and her, too!) Susan

Karen Lange said...

It is a good day to smile! Thanks for the reminder. :) Hoping you hear from Blue Mtn. soon. Keep us posted!

Happy weekend!

Donna Volkenannt said...

I'm smiling. Wishing you good luck with Blue Mountain.

BECKY said...

I feel like you do, Linda, about the years going by. I'm a bit melancholy, but also grateful to be alive. Turning 30, 40 and 50 didn't bother me one bit. I believe being happy and healthy makes a bid difference in how old we feel,too. I dreaded turning 60, though. That number meant OLD to me, no matter how young I felt. And the mirror definitely let me know I didn't look 30 anymore, even if I did feel like it! I got over it, though, right after I celebrated that birthday. I have so much more to do and see and give and write, etc...And I give away smiles and laughs as often as I can! Thanks for a great post...Hugs and smiles to you.

Unknown said...

Why is it that people of our generation dreaded turning 30 more than 40, 50, or even 60? Must be that "Don't trust anyone over 30" motto we bought into.

I, too, just entered the dreaded realm of "senior citizen," but I'm actually thrilled! Finally, after five years of doing without, I now I have insurance!

We've got to do something about the term "senior citizen," though. I am NOT that old!! :-)

Pat Wahler said...

I look at it as getting another day closer to retirement and doing the things I want to do. Yay!

Critter Alley

Tammy said...

I'm with Sioux. It's only a matter of time before you get that acceptance!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

I prefer to think of my current age as, "Now is when my life is coming together, and I see the fruit of preparation and labor." After all, Grandma Moses became a successful painter in her latter years. :)

Congrats on catching the eye of Blue Mountains. They produce some lovely and unique cards.