John Glenn orbited the earth. I received my first AARP card in the mail a few weeks back. I swear I thought they waited until you were turning 50. I perused the possibility of receiving some sort of discounts at a casino or a free piece of pie at Denny's but decided to toss it in the rubbish bin.
Some days it feels like I've learned a little something in my life. Other days, I wouldn't count on my knowing anything. There are days I feel like I'm on top of the world and other times that I feel like I should return to the starting point in my life and give it another go. I began 2011 with this list of commitments to my own life. Some are going better than others. I'm grateful to be alive and thankful for all of my many friends who keep me going and put up with my shortcomings. But I'm most thankful for my partner who has endeared himself to me over the years. And who has easily taught me how to endear myself to him. He is nothing short of life's greatest blessing. I cannot imagine this life without him.
Today, I do what I've done for a few years now....post my mobile number for the masses to use....for a short time. I know, I know....call me crazy. I'd love a text or voice message or picture. But please remember to tell me who it is so that I'll know who the message is from. I've heard from so many of you on my birthday for several years now. I can't wait to see how many messages I can get this year. So, here you go, use me and abuse me for today only -- XXXXXXXX.
And because it's my birthday, I get to do what I want. And what I want is for the world to be a nicer and better place to exist. I want for world peace, but who doesn't. I want sick people to be healed. I want mean people to go away....and the crazy people too. That's all I want. Easy, simple, doable. Oh, and I want a piece of birthday cake too.....with ice cream.
Thanks to you all for making my birthday, and this world, a much better place to be in. I love you all dearly.