I was born in 1960. My 60th birthday is next week. It is my turn to be utterly baffled at this change of decade.
I have watched others turn 60. They all tell me that turning 50 was no big deal, but turning 60 was. I could tell that 60 is a bigger shift than 50.
Turning 50 was a blast and did not feel all that different from other birthdays. But 60, on the heels of menopause and a second Saturn return, definitely has a different vibe. I feel it in both mind and body. The changes of the last 10 years have moved me away from resilience. I was already moving away from youth; now the ability to tolerate all kinds of abuses has becoming noticeably lessened.
My body demands more care and less carelessness. So does my mind. This is not a bad thing but is an entirely different thing. It truly feels as if my life journey has suddenly encountered a landscape unlike any I have experienced before.
The journey continues. There are new things to learn and discover. I am not the person I used to be also because of my new companion: anxiety. This changed person is also unfamiliar, someone to get to know. And I also have to give up my lifelong self -image of being “young and promising”.
The one thing that has not changed is my goal of being able to thrive whether or not I have problems. I want my new self-image to be old and inspiring.
This next stage in my journey is truly something I’ve never done before. I’m feeling rather excited about it!