This was not an easy post to write😂😂
Life has changed since I wrote my optimistic birthday post of 2017, and I feel and look a lot older than I did back then: Perhaps my age is now showing, or perhaps the stress of the past 7 years – and especially the past 9 months – has finally caught up with me.
I stayed up late on June 19th, to eke out the last few hours of being 55, and my birthday began like any other day, apart from a couple of cards and presents (I have a very small family). But then I opened Facebook, and the birthday greetings began to roll in, and they really do make the day feel special. By teatime I had also acquired two beautiful bouquets of flowers, a thank you cake from a neighbour who just happened to drop it in today, and I’d also enjoyed a late and leisurely pancake breakfast with a friend. So that was good. No plans and no expectations. My birthday, my way.
And that’s the main benefit of being over 55, I can give myself permission to do what I want (not forgetting all my caring duties of course!) and say no to people and pressures that I know I don’t need in my life any longer.
I can wear what I want. No-one really cares what I look like now, and my adopted uniform of black on black – with the occasional splash of colour – helps me to feel in control of my wardrobe at least.
And if you live in Dublin, there’s financial benefits too, including the Council’s Passport for Leisure Card*, which means I’m now going to a new gym for the bargain price of €8 a month!
If I think of any other benefits, I’ll definitely let you know. I’m all for having things to look forward to. And on that dubious grammatical note, I will end this birthday reasons to be cheerful. Have a great week xx
More Reasons to be Cheerful over at Lakes Single Mum.
*The Passport for Leisure Card provides discounts on a wide range of activities, not just gym membership