1/2 Birthday, Full Celebration- #Empowered Aging

LATELY, I FIND THAT I CELEBRATE MORE. I LET NO GOOD MOMENT GO BUY UNNOTICED, AND UNAPPRECIATED. AS THE WORLD FEELS LESS STABLE TO ME, I FEEL INCLINED TO BE AS POSITIVE AS I CAN, EVEN TAKING THE TIME TO CELEBRATE MY HALF BIRTHDAY, A QUIET ONE AT HOME. I ATE HALF A CUPCAKE!

HOW DO I FEEL ABOUT AGING? LETS INFER SOME THINGS FROM THIS PHOTO AND THE NEXT: I AM STANDING ON MY CAKES ( SEE REFERENCE AT END) AND AM SURROUNDED BY BALLOONS IN THEIR MOST FESTIVE SHADES. PRETTY GREAT, I WOULD SAY!

58.5 IS A FAB AGE!

AS ONE AGES, THERE IS MORE PERSPECTIVE. THE TRIVIAL BECOMES LESS A FOCUS THAN THE LIFE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. I ALWAYS MAKE THE BEST OF THINGS, A TRAIT I ACQUIRED FROM MY MOM.      NOW ANOTHER HINT.

SOMETIMES I AM DOWN TO EARTH, AND SOMETIMES MY HEAD IS IN THE CLOUDS!

BECAUSE OF MY AGE, I FEEL LIGHTER. OF ALL OF MY TRAITS, I VALUE MY CREATIVITY THE MOST. I CAN EASILY ENVISION MYSELF IN A BRIGHTER PLACE, WHEN THINGS GET DARK . THEREFORE, IMAGINING THE ABOVE SHOT, WAS EASY, AND SO MUCH FUN FOR ME.

BUT SOMETIMES I DO GET JOY FROM THE TRIVIAL. A FUNNY JOKE, A GREAT BOOK, EVEN A HANDBAG PURCHASE ( SO LONG AS IT IS BARGAIN, TOO). SOMETIMES MY THINGS, GIVE ME A BOOST, AND YOU ALL KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE MY BAG COLLECTION.

OF COURSE, THE THINGS THAT GIVE ME JOY AND BEING WITH LOVED ONES. THERE IS NOTHING BETTER THAN THAT. NO POSSESSION CAN COME CLOSE TO THE SENSE OF CONTENTMENT THAT FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND PETS PROVIDE.

NOW THAT I AM CLOSER TO 59 THAN 58, AND THEREFORE THINKING ABOUT MY SIXTIES, I FEEL AMBIVALENT  BECAUSE I DO HAVE SOME SERIOUS HEALTH ISSUES.

I NEVER TAKE WHAT MY BODY CAN, AND CAN NOT DO, FOR GRANTED. THIS IS A GIFT MORE THAN A DETERRENT, BECAUSE I HAVE ADOPTED GOOD HABITS AND LIFE SKILLS THAT WILL HELP ME AS LIFE GOES ON.


LIVING IN MANHATTAN ALSO EMPOWERS ME. I HAVE MET SO MANY INTERSTING FRIENDS HERE.  I CAN SEE SO MUCH BEAUTY IN THIS CITY; IT IS EVERYWHERE, EVEN IN THE SUBWAYS. YES,

THERE IS LOTS OF UGLY, TOO, BUT THAT IS EASY TO TUNE OUT,  OR PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE; IN THE WAY THAT YELLOW FEELS SO MUCH BRIGHTER AGAINST A DEEP DARK COLOR OF BLEAK NIGHTFALL.

 I HAVE LIVED HERE FOR ALMOST 4 DECADES NOW, WITH A SPRINT IN THE BURBS TO REAR MY CHILDREN, NOW ADULTS. MY DAUGHTER, TOO, LIVE HERE, AND MY SON WILL TOO, I HOPE AFTER GET COMPLETES HIS SCHOOLING. 


I CAME HERE FROM THE MIDWEST WITH MANY HOPES. ALL OF THEM FULFILLED, ( AFTER A LOT OF HARD WORK AND BEING SCRAPPY) NO SILVER SPOON IN MY LITTLE MOUTH. I LEARNED TO NEGOTIATE THE  METAPHORICAL, AND LITERAL TWISTY TURNS OF THIS CITY. AND NOW I FEEL LIKE I HAVE MASTERED IT. 

SOMETIMES I THINK ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE IS THIS BUSTLING GOTHAM WORLD.

THEN I COME BACK DOWN TO EARTH, AS I ALWAYS DO, BUT HOPE STAYS WITH ME, DRIFTING DOWNWARD WITH A STEADY GENTLENESS.


POST DETAILS:

I MADE THESE IMAGES MYSELF!! 🙂 I USED AN IPAD APP AND LEARNED IT VERY QUICKLY, ON MY OWN . MANY OF YOU KNOW HOW I STRUGGLED WITH PHOTOSHOP, WITHOUT CONSISTENT LESSONS.

WHAT I AM WEARING: ( AN OUTFIT I HOPE TO WEAR AS SOON AS SPRING COMES, MAYBE TOMORROW?)

 CHECKED DRESS, BY P. LUCA VIA WORKSHOP  .

  1. STRIPED LONG SLEEVE TEE BY JAMES PERSE , ON SALE LAST SUMMER.
  2. TROPICAL PRINT BAG, BY CELINE, VIA BERGDORF GOODMAN, A GIFT FROM A FRIEND LAST YEAR. THIS IS NOW SOLD OUT, BUT I FOUND THIS CUTE INEXPENSIVE BAG FROM EBAY HERE  AS AN ALTERNATIVE.
  3. THE BOW TIE IS A SASH FROM A DRESS..
  4. THE APP I USED IS CALLED JUXTAPOSER, HAVE FUN WITH IT.
  5. THE SUPER COOL LOLLIPOP CAKE I FOUND ON A GREAT WEBSITE   , IT IS  AN INSPIRING SITE.

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT AGING? WHAT ARE YOUR COPING MECHANISMS WHEN DEALING WITH STRESSFUL TIMES AND SITUATIONS?  LET ME KNOW, YOU KNOW HOW!

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