My 50th Birthday Wish
Do you remember when you were a kid and making a wish before blowing out the candles on your birthday cake? And being very careful not to tell anyone what your wish was because if you did then it wouldn’t come true?
Well, I’m making a wish on my 50th birthday cake today (actually, it’s a Nanaimo bar to be honest) and I’m going to tell you what it is because I want people to know so that it can come true.
Yes, I’m 50 today. Trust me, no one is more surprised than I am. It seems like just yesterday that I was having fun with the rest of the kids, playing in kiddie Playland at the local McDonald’s.
Wait a second. That was just yesterday. Then the damned manager kicked me out and ruined everything. Imagine! A 50 year-old being kicked out of Playland by a teenage, freckle-faced McManager. Aren’t you supposed to respect your elders, even the childish ones?
When I get out my abacus and crunch the numbers, 50 is a lot of years. Some were easy, some were difficult and some I barely remember but together they brought me to who and where I am today, a McPlayland ex-convict.
I don’t really think that life is about the quantity of my age anyways (which is a good thing since I can’t count higher than 50), I think it’s about the quality in my age.
I’m thankful. After a slightly meandering path, I’ve ended up in a groovy place. I’m happy. I live simply, without being encumbered by “stuff”. I enjoy my work and love where I live, a beautiful west coast island surrounded by nature. I live at a slower pace than I used to and don’t take life so seriously. I have wonderful friends and family. I’m living the life that I want to live, living from my heart and having fun.
I have a good quality life even if I can’t count well or remember things. Why the heck do you think I drive a painted car? So I can find it in the parking lot!
So back to my birthday wish. Many folks have asked me how I will be celebrating my “big day”. I’ll be doing some of the same things that I usually do every day – enjoying my time on Salt Spring Island, hanging out with my dog and some friends and treating myself to a Nanaimo bar.
But one of the things that is hugely different about this birthday is that I’m launching a new book today, Life’s Too Short to Drive a White Car!
When considering a date to launch my book, I chose September 30th because I wanted this birthday to be a little different than the rest. I didn’t want the usual party at Chuck ‘E Cheese, a fancy trip to Detroit, tons of presents (please, just send cash or cheque instead) or anything like that.
Seriously, I just wanted my birthday wish to come true.
So here it is:
I wish that more people had the courage to follow their heart.
I wish that more people would say “Yes!” to living the life of their dreams.
I wish that more people understood that life is meant to be fun.
I wish that more people would be themselves and stop trying to live their life for someone else.
I wish that people smiled and laughed more often.
And I wish that more people knew what a difference a Nanaimo bar can make to your day.
I wish that more people understood that life’s too short to live any other way.
That’s my wish because I think the world would be a pretty groovy place and one heck of a good party if more people lived like that.
Now stand back, I’ve got some candles to blow out!