Starting self gloss....Well Happy Birthday to me. Normally I let bdays roll by without notice but since this is the big 5-0 I've had to stop and reflect that I really never thought I would make it this far. I can vividly remember sitting in the fourth grade and trying to contemplate the turning of the century and thinking I would be 40 years old. It seemed so far away and how would I ever make it that far and now it's almost ten years since then. I can remember thinking 10 years ago that if I didn't stop smoking I'd be a heap by the time I was 50 so I stopped and now I actually can walk/ride/run farther than I ever dreamed I could at 40. The only thing holding me back is the knees which I fear won't see 60 even if the rest of me does.
I've done more than my stupid share of dumbass stunts in my life that afterward I looked back on and thought "what in the world was I thinking?" as well as had my share of fairly dangerous jobs, both of which have caused cuts requiring lots of stiches, operations to repair body parts, burns, broken bones, and partial loss of limbs. I have been extremely lucky to not have had any serious health issues or chronic illnesses. I've also had my fair share of unintentional close calls. Yet when I take a look back from today I still have to marvel that I'm here at all.
Don Henely reflected during the Hell Freezes Over concert that they all (the Eagles) consider themselves lucky to be here considering the nature of the business they are in. I can kind of sympathize with what he said. Anyway, feeling very mortal and aware that I've more than likely passed my half life no matter what my health continues to be, let me say to those of you that are younger, and judging by the meets I attend that is the lot of you, my only advice would be to take care of your body. I wake up every morning with an ache or pain that if I had probably just thought about what I was doing a second or two before I did whatever dumbass thing I was about to do, that ache or pain probably wouldn't be there. You've got to enjoy life, but geez, try and do it intelligently!
I hear the siren song of the pool calling in harmony with the beer cooler! I guess I can officially join some others in using the symbol now. Anyway ...end of self gloss.