TGIF: Gratitude for Birthdays

About a week ago I turned 44 and, being me, that made me start ponder.  Am I distressed that my age has progressed beyond the "young lady" season?  Do I dread my birthdays more than celebrate them now?  And my answer surprised me.  A resounding NO!  Despite the American dominant culture constantly telling me I need to fight my age with every ounce of energy and every penny earned, I rejoice that I am 44.  Having invisible disabilities makes my life challenging, but it also pushes me to savor every wonderful moment of life as it happens.  I'm not upset I'm not young anymore.  Rather I am thrilled!  I want to get out in that motorboat and scream, "Hey world!  I made it!  I made it to 44!"  I'm grateful to escape the distress of aging, at least for this birthday, because of strange pieces of my life that get labeled disabilities.

"Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art!"  --Stanislaw Jerzy Lec



  1. jrcowles said on August 8, 2014
    Cheer up, Chrysty ... I have Jockey shorts older than you! *** PLEASE *** just take my word for it ...
    1. Chrysty Darby Hendrick said on August 8, 2014
      Thanks, JR. I will take your word for it. :-)
  2. Jamie Dedes said on August 8, 2014
    Happy Birthday! In these world where - according to the World Heath Association - nine million children under the age of five die each year, it is indeed an accomplishment to make it to 44 or 64 (where I am)! :-) ... with or without disabilities .... So do celebrate and keep in mind that when you make it to 64 (God willing) and look back at the 44-year-old you, you will find her to be quite young. I love that quote ... Be well and best wishes for many, many more birthdays, Chrysty! Write on ... Jamie
    1. Chrysty Darby Hendrick said on August 8, 2014
      Thank you Jamie! My best wishes for you as well. :-)

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