Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thankful Thursday

Proving that I am not so old that I can't do two things at once, I am posting a Thankful Thursday and Thursday's Thirteen--at the same time!!!! ;)

Thirteen things about being 53 (or Thirteen things to be thankful for when you are turning 53!)

1) 53 aint what it used to be! Remember when your parents turned 40 and we thought they were so old! Thankfully, 53 is yesterday's 40! ;)

2) Everyone has started looking so good to me these days. Well, maybe they're not looking better, just blurrier!

3) Quotes by Popeye have become so meaningful: "I y'am what I y'am!" ;)

4) I seem to get more done these days--or maybe it's just that I forget half of what I was suppose to do!

5) Exercise is not a problem, with all the backward walking I do (you know, backward walking--go back to the place you remembered what you were going to get!!!)--I track about 10 miles every day!

6) I discover new delights each last week when I discovered I was reading a book I had previously read. I just kept reading though, I couldn't remember the ending!

7) There's never a dull moment at 53--if I should get bored, I simply play Connect-the-age-dots on my hands!

8) There's freedom in 53; if you don't want to do something, you don't! After spending decades of lovingly catering to everyone else's needs before your own, at 53 you discover independence from guilt driven sacrifice. (O.k., I may be a slow learner--but this is MY list of 13!)

9) At 53, the need for control disappears. After all, if childbirth and parenting wasn't enough to prove that point--menopause clinches it!

10) Multi-tasking is not a problem at 53--I have discovered I can laugh, cough, sneeze and pee my pants all at the same time!

11) At 53, naps become a good thing, once again!

12) At 53, wisdom is more important than being right.

13) At 53, birthdays aren't quite as important as they once were. At 53, I have learned that each day is worthy of celebrating; each day of our lives "has been written in [His] book before one of them came to be" (Psalm 139: 16b). How amazing is God!

For you created my inmost being, you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!" (Psalm 139:13-17)

This is truly an amazing birthday gift....every day of our life! The Creator knows us, He thinks of us, He loves us!


Denise said...

Bless your thankful heart.

Robin said...

Ahhh...there is freedom in maturity isn't there? I'm just beginning to taste it myself!

Dawn said...

Is it your birthday today??? Happy Birthday, if so!!

You are so funny - everything you wrote is so true, except for the part about letting go of control - I haven't achieved that yet at almost 60 (which Care Bear loves to remind me I am almost).

My book signing - what a great goal! I wish I knew how to start this process. Any ideas? I wonder if I can Google something to help me get started. There was a Christian writer's conference up at Estes Park last week that I wish I'd gone to - for sure next year!

marlise said...

Thanks for sharing your thankfulness. It gave me a good laugh. Happy Birthday!

Diane J. said...

When??? When is/was your birthday???

Anyway, happy birthday, dear Diane! Happy birthday to you! ;-)

I'm 43 but I can identify with almost everything on your list. Doesn't bode well for the next 10 years for me, does it? I always was an overachiever, not always a good thing. ;D

Love and hugs,


Mary said...

Hey girlie! I've heard that backward walking really builds the glutomous maximus. Is that how you spell it?? Enjoy 53! Life just gets better and better! Others should be looking at us and saying "I can't WAIT til I'm her age!!" HA! Blessings on your weekend.

Alycia said...

So funny! I enjoyed reading your list and pray for blessings to you you today! Thanks for sharing!

Nise' said...

Love your observations/experiences about being 53! At 46, I already claim #4, and 10!

Penless Thoughts said...

Oh what a wonderful post. I agree with each and every work you said. Isn't it nice? And at 69 years old ----- let me tell you it gets better and better :o)

Heather Smith said...

Great list! I hope you really enjoy 53!!

Linda said...

Wonderful, wonderful list. I am laughing right out loud - all by myself! However, I thought 60 was the new forty! Well - probably not, but it sure is "freeing".
Happy Birthday to you!!!
Have a wonderful day and a blessed weekend.

Nadine said...

That was great - it made me smile.

eph2810 said...

Happy belated birthday, Diane...

What a wonderful and precious list you have shared with us. I especially enjoyed #4 or was it #12? I am not that far behind you, but then again who starts keeping a tally after 46?

Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us this week.

Blessings on your weekend and always.

groovyoldlady said...

If 53 is the new 40, then I must only be 30 ;-)

Sadly I do alot of backward walking.

Sadly I do alot of backward walking.

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

that was wonderful - I esp like #10! :)

My mom is 66 - so 53 is YOUNG to me! LOL You are soooo young girl - and don't forget it!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

oh - and silly me - see I am forgetful at 33! - HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

staceyhoff said...

awesome post!

My Kid's Mom said...

Happy Belated Birthday! (I just turned 53, too, on May 10th!).