Celebrating Sixty!

In addition to enjoying my 60th birthday on November 28th, I'm going to celebrate the entire year by getting to know 60 people a whole lot better.

A 60th birthday is indeed something to pause and acknowledge because not everybody makes it, and some that do haven't done much during their journey. By the time you reach 60, you should know who you want to celebrate with and how.

Like most people, my greatest joy comes from family and friends and these are the people I want to be with on my 60th birthday. You see, by 60 you understand 'stuff' isn't that important although we spend much of our lives trying to accumulate it. Enjoying the company of people you genuinely like is much more rewarding.

For me, relationships and having fun started to take center stage as I aged. It was made easier for me to have this 'childlike' experience the last 25 years, because I had kids late in life (at 35 and 43). I spent my 50th birthday at Disneyland with my seven-year-old. We're going back to celebrate 60 years of both me and Disneyland.

At 60, I am taking a closer look at relationships and thinking about whom I want to spend time with and who I don't. I'm also thinking about all the people I've met the past few years that I would love to get to know better. So many people I've promised to meet for coffee or a quick bite. Quick has been the operative word for me because as a working wife and mother who is also involved in community activities, I don't have a lot of extra time.

This coming year, I want to make time to have a 'sit-down' with a few folk. 60 people to be exact. You see, I've been keeping a list the past few years of people I'd like to share a meal with and hear their story. Their ages range from 20 to 90 and they represent various cultures and life experiences. These are people I've met in passing, or worked on a project with, or people I've known for years but just never seem to have the time to sit and chat with them. Hopefully...this, my sixtieth year will be different.

I'm calling my project 'Celebrating Sixty' and I hope to have these get-togethers with 60 people between now and my next birthday! I'm going to document it and write down what I learned from each person.

Now this will be FUN and quite an experience for me! I only hope I don't gain 60 pounds!!