Put Another Candle on My Birthday Cake!

Life is a precious gift from God, examine it carefully, shake it a little, unwrap it slowly, take it out of the box and enjoy it for as long as you can. Don’t ever take it for granted.                                                                            In the wink of an eye, river of time flows by….                                                                                                                                                          J S

imagesCAN1CSRMSeptember 5th 2016, Labor Day a national holiday on which we pay tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Traditionally a time for family gatherings, barbecues and beer, that marks the end of the summer season. Of course with school starting so much earlier now I suppose Labor Day has lost that distinction. When we were kids Labor Day  truly marked the end of summer. School would officially begin on the Wednesday following the holiday and sometimes not until the following Monday. Nowadays most kids are back in the classroom by mid August or earlier.  Still for most Boomers it will always be the last day of summer.

Today is also my birthday! I am now 65 years old! I’m all signed up for Social Security and Medicare so does that officially make me a senior citizen? I’m not sure. I suppose I should be excited in reaching this golden milestone, but to tell you the truth I’m not. I know 65 is just a number but it’s such a big number! I guess I could try and fool myself by saying that I’m 65 years young, but that’s a crock. You can be 1 -29 years young but after that you’re old. Remember when we thought everyone over 30 was old, then we became 30 and realized how wrong we were. Aging is inevitable , there is no turning back the clock, at least not yet, but who knows, with all the advancements in science and technology it could happen and probably sooner than later. Perhaps not age reversal  but simply a hold on aging any further. Wow I could be 65 and holding! That might be cool.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have no problem with aging, to me it’s just part of the trip. I have been blessed to live this long. By the grace of God I’ve been allowed to experienced all His gifts and wonders. The joy, love and laughter, my wife, my kids and grandkids, my health, our home and some truly, incredible friendships, some dating back to my childhood. God has truly been good to me. Oh sure He’s occasionally placed an obstacle or two in my path but I realize they were just a way to test my resolve, again just part of the trip, my trip, my journey. All in all, my 65 years have truly been blessed. I’ll have to wait and see what future plans He has for me and simply live one day at a time.

There was a time in my reckless teens and early 20’s, my Steppenwolf Born to be Wild period,  that I believed I wouldn’t live to see my 30th birthday. Well God sure pulled a fast one on me! 30 came and went and here I am 65. I never would of thunk it. 65 years of living, the majority of which has been pretty damn sweet! The good times more than make up for the bad times. I’ve got some aches and pains but who doesn’t?  Some days I feel young and other days I feel old. I’ve learned to not pay attention to that old man in the mirror. Age is an attitude, so I’ll continue to hang in there and look for the good in things. The glass is never half empty, it’s always half full.

sheriffjohnhead-300x230So put another candle on my birthday cake I’m another year old today…

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Just Saying….

 

Excerpt from birthday posts past

When I was young I never dreamed I’d ever live to be this old. By the time I was nineteen I was pretty well convinced that I wouldn’t live to see 30. Even after I got married I used to tell my wife I’d never live to be 30. I suppose it may have come from that whole 1950’s rebellious youth thing, you know the “live fast, love hard, die young” mystique made famous by James Dean, Sal Mineo and Marlon Brando in movies like ‘Rebel Without a Cause’, ‘The Wild Ones’, and ‘Blackboard Jungle’. Add to that all those mindless, fun fun, fun,  party hardy, Beach Party surfer films of the early 60’s in which nobody ever worked and were forever on the beach. Their message came through loud and clear “to hell with values, morals and ethics, life’s a wave ride it hard and fast until you wipe out!” 

The biker movies of the 60’s, introduced me to the counterculture in America, films like ‘Hell’s Angel’s on Wheels,’ ‘The Wild Angels’ and of course ‘Easy Rider’. These biker films and several others revealed a subculture whose values and norms were in direct opposition to the mainstream. And just what did these wild ones want? What change did they seek? I think that can best be said by the main character “Heavenly Blue”(Peter Fonda) in ‘The Wild Angels’ when he spoke at a fellow bikers burial.

We want to be free! We want to be free to do what we want to do! We want to be free to ride. And we want to be free to ride our machines without being hassled by The Man And we want to get loaded. And we want to have a good time! And that’s what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna have a good time. We’re gonna have a party!”

Could the biker “free to party, free to ride” philosophy have been influential on my “death premonition? definitely, just as the music of the period and films and news coverage about the hippie movement and lifestyle did as well. Hell I was young, angry and bored, not to mention easily influenced, fresh out of high school, trying to find myself. Now I’m not saying I did anything illegal or super dangerous, but I’m not going to say I didn’t. I plead the 5th. I do admit I pushed the limits and bent the lines at times, but I was just following the advice of Steppenwolf’s ‘Born to be Wild’, when they sang,“Looking for adventure in whatever comes my way!” 

 

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  1. Paul McCully says:

    Welcome to the club brother. 65. Yea who would of thought you and I would make it this far. We got our pains (can’t play the guitar like I use to, bad joint in one of my fingers now) bad back, thumb joints, its not the age I think its the mileage. It all comes with growing old, but hey, we can still enjoy the blessings you and I have had. Its great to know a good old friend is still around to share them. The spare room is still here for you and Ray to visit Oregon. maybe you can make it before you hit 70.

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