This is 56
I turn 56 today. It's an age that I had sometimes worried I wouldn't see, and if I did see it, I wouldn't be very healthy. You see, I have type 1 Diabetes. I had a mom who said I shouldn't have children (I have 2), and I've had doctors that could only speculate all the complications I would have (Including an eye doctor and is nurse who said I would be blind by the time I was 30 and that I was less than smart at becoming pregnant - while in my first trimester with my first born)
I remember my mom at 56, she seemed so old. Life was passing her by. She struggled with her weight and her health and seemed to be surviving but not thriving. I knew that I wanted to be active throughout life. I knew that I wanted to control my Diabetes instead of it controlling me. I knew I wanted to thrive!
I have had a GREAT life. I've loved and been loved by some incredible people. I have seen more of the world then a young girl growing up in a small town in Michigan could only dream of. I have two incredible children who remind me that "somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good" (quick what movie musical is that from?) I have had cats and dogs that have made me smile. I have friends that have been part of my life since I was in school. I have memories that bring me laughter, smiles, and yes, tears. I am thankful for every minute.
Last week I wanted to honor myself, my health, and yes, my age and had my own photoshoot. Since I didn't get my butt in gear in time to find someone to do this shoot for me, I did the next best thing: I took professional selfies. I set up lights and my tripod, and with the help of my camera's timer, I had my own photo shoot. I think the model and the photographer did a pretty damn good job at catching what it means to be 56!
It is true that 50 is the new 30... At least for me!
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And the movie quote? It's from the "Sound of Music" Yep, I've been to Salzburg.