Turning 60

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[I thought this blog was done. But a landmark event (a decade marking birthday), a contact from someone from a long ago life because of the blog, and Alice’s return to modeling convinced me otherwise. ]

So, tomorrow I turn 60. (technically, today, as it is the 4th).

Sixty. Sixty years of living since 1955. Through the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, a new millennium, and on. Ta831b0e49d25113262ac89669f1fac5ahrough the Beatles, the women’s movement, through the end of Viet Nam, disco, the BeeGees, big hair and shoulder pads, John Hughes movies, Reagan, Clinton, the Bushes, the war in Iraq, and Afghanistan, the first Black President and the advent of information and communications technology.

My parents’ were supposed to be in the “Greatest Generation,” but imagine what us 60 year olds have experienced?

I’m using tomorrow as an opportunity to celebrate life. Who I am, what I have experienced, what I will next do. Honestly, given my good health and mental state, 60 does seem pretty much like just a number. Symbolic of little, though clearly the recognition of a new decade. When I was a kid, 60 seemed like Grandparent age, retirement age, over-the-hill age, gray hair age. But if 50 is the new 30, then 60 is the new 40. Or at least 45.

Tomorrow is a day that I will celebrate life with my amazing 21 year old who has given me life’s most important role. Jeremiah  will give me a tattoo that symbolizes the path of life’s learning and growth. I will be with my community of women who, for the last 8 years, have fueled my soul through friendship and a sense of belonging. I will Be There. Be there and present in the life that has been given to me, and the life that I have tried to make meaningful.  The life I have tried to be in the service of others. Indirectly, mostly I’m afraid. Mother Theresa I am not.

Tomorrow I will celebrate the end of 60 years of growth and learning and understanding. And the next XXX years of more. A day that celebrates the beginning of the next phase with my daughter. With my friends. With my Self. Sadly not with my partner, but he is with his family. We will celebrate our birthday in the moments and places given to us in the everyday; together we make our collective moments.


~ by Susan Walker on April 4, 2015.

2 Responses to “Turning 60”

  1. Happy Birthday! I turned 50 last year, so I’m glad to hear that 60 is the new 45. I have a 14 year old son, and sometimes I feel even younger (or older) than that! Wishing you the best in this new chapter of your story.

  2. Wow! And happy birthday to you, too! I knew it was KP’s birthday and now yours on the same day. (It is also my brother’s). I have reflected on turning 60, I have a couple years yet. The main thing I think is very cool is that you still have your health but also all that wisdom, about where you’ve been and where you could still go. Although being right HERE is just fine too! I read through a few more of your blogs and had a wonderful thought…..you had Alice later in life just like we did (two boys in college). The next 21 years could hold a whole lot. Your last 21 years sprouted this little seed into a full, blossoming adult!!! We, going into another phase of life, can be just as full and have many more things blossom. Cheers to you, Susan on your bday and same to KP if you touch base with him, AMB

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