Days Riding: 142 Consecutive Days Blogging: 125
Today’s Mileage: 0 Total Trip Mileage: 996
You will notice that I did not ride the bike this morning. Today represents a day that for some people is very special while for others it’s almost dreaded. Today is my birthday! As such I decided to give myself a break from riding the bike. However, I did make it to the gym for the first time in months. I exercised in the pool and then took a long enjoyable soak in the Jacuzzi. I was reminded of a cartoon in the newspaper the other day (see it at the bottom of the posting) where the mother relaxed for a long period of time after a gym visit. I went home after the gym and proceeded to take a nice long nap. This talk of naps and long rests after workouts makes it sound like I’ve been truly “experiencing my age.”
I’m not one of those people that make a big deal of birthdays. I want to thank my many Facebook friends and blog viewers for their birthday wishes and the numerous virtual presents that I received today. I had a birthday lunch with a longtime friend and my partner Susan took me out for an evening birthday meal. I was telling my friend that I’ve been through enough birthdays to realize that there is a correlation or relationship between the positive and negative feelings about birthdays and the age of the individual. When we are younger birthdays are something we look forward to, we count the days to their arrival. In part this is likely based upon the gifts and presents that come with the day, but also when were younger birthdays signify important life turning points. My 14-year-old son is counting the days until his 15th birthday when he can get his learner’s permit. My eldest son counted the days to his 18th birthday when he could feel free of parental bonds. My partner’s daughter counted the days to her 21st birthday so that she would be “legal” to drink alcohol.
Of course when you’re on the other end of the age spectrum birthdays often take on more of a negative connotation. You have to put up with the “over the hill” jokes or the “you’re not dead yet” insinuations. I believe, as many people, that 80% of “age” is mental. However, in old age one might have the wisdom of years of experience, knowledge and insight, but you can’t deny the body isn’t what it used to be. One day as I arrived in the University’s parking lot I got out of my car and suddenly realized that in the past I never remembered making so much noise getting in and out of the car. Whether it’s the pop and crack of a knee or a back or the moans and groans that come with the exertions.
I’m thankful to see another birthday! I’m thankful for the friends that surround me, for my sons, for my students, and my partner. I look forward to the coming spring and summer. I hope there will be many more to come. While I might moan and groan when I enter or leave my car, I still have to be thankful for the body that I have. However, I need to remind myself to continue with the upkeep so that I will be around for years to come. Again I’d like to thank everyone for their birthday greetings.
We are in Daytona Beach tomorrow we will visit an architectural and spiritual pilgrimage site and then head on up the coast.
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