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July 18, 2014

I turned 53 the other day, which seems fairly horrifying to the 20-year-old who lives inside my brain. High school was more than 30 years ago.

I am, however, encouraged by something I heard the other day.

Some senior citizens were asked what surprised them most about aging. They said that they were amazed at how much they keep learning as they get older – that their new knowledge builds on all that had come before, in an exponential manner.

I thought about it. From 40 to 53, I grew and stretched in ways that would have been unimaginable to myself at age 20. At times, I even feel like a fairly functional adult human being.

If I learn more from 53 to 66 than I did in the past 13 years, I am going to be one genius of a senior citizen. Hold on world. Here I come.

  1. Mir Kamin permalink
    July 18, 2014 10:14

    Lies. All lies! You cannot possibly be 53. You look amazing. 🙂 Happy belated bday!

  2. July 18, 2014 10:19

    Its so wonderful to see photos and watch how we all have changed, aged, grown and gotten better. You look radiantly beautiful.

  3. July 18, 2014 10:44

    wait, didn’t you just turn 50? wtf? Time is moving too quickly.

  4. midlifebloggers permalink
    July 18, 2014 10:49

    Wow! Terrific photo. Getting smarter and better looking too!

  5. July 18, 2014 10:51

    Happy Birthday!! I think it’s very true. But for myself I attribute that to the fact that I no longer have small dependent children that I need to devote all my time to. I can focus more on me, and I’m taking full advantage! Also, love your hair and covet your glasses and totally agree about the 20 year old inside our heads. Does that ever go away?

  6. July 18, 2014 11:11

    There is some glasses coveting going on here as well!

  7. July 18, 2014 11:19

    I love this picture, Sue! Isn’t ageing one of life’s best kept secrets? Let’s not tell the young about it. They won’t listen anyway.

  8. July 18, 2014 11:59

    It’s so true. I learn more every day. Happy Birthday – you look great!

  9. July 18, 2014 12:09

    Happy birthday! You look — AND SOUND — amazing.

  10. July 18, 2014 12:33

    You are a superhero just like your necklace! Happy belated.

  11. Maria in Oregon permalink
    July 18, 2014 12:42

    Happy birthday! I’m not quite 50 yet but I know what you mean about the 20 year old inside your head. My Dad is 75 and he says he still feels like he’s in his 20’s! And he’s an avid reader and always learning too.

    • July 25, 2014 06:29

      Thanks, Maria! Your dad sounds great.

  12. July 18, 2014 16:13

    Happiest of birthdays! Can’t wait to see you next week!

  13. July 18, 2014 16:34

    You’re already a genius.

  14. July 18, 2014 17:12

    Yeah, what Schmutzie said, you’re already pretty ding dang smart!

  15. July 18, 2014 18:52

    Smart. Strong. Sexy.

  16. Viviane permalink
    July 18, 2014 22:34

    I feel the same, although I am much older than you (54 and a half) and only feel 37 in my head, but otherwise the same. And you look great !

  17. Al_Pal permalink
    July 19, 2014 02:10

    Love it all!

  18. July 19, 2014 19:19

    Happy Natal Day! Love your outlook on life and I want to be just like you when I turn 53, which is just next year! Hugs to your pooch, too! Eat cake!

    • July 25, 2014 06:14

      Thank you. Let’s have a birthday party.

  19. July 21, 2014 07:46

    Happy Belated Birthday! you don’t look a day over 40! Thanks for all the inspiration you give to the world. xo

    • July 25, 2014 06:13

      Thanks, Lex. You are waaay too kind about the 40 thing. I will try to keep being inspirational, though hopefully not in “overcoming a horrible tragedy” way.

  20. Anonymous permalink
    July 21, 2014 20:46

    Beautiful smile!!

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