You all know this song, just click "play" and listen as you read this.
The day started like any other. I woke up, stretched and yawned. I was awake; all my limbs and senses were working. My heart was beating fine. I'm in great health for a fifty year old guy.
I got out of my soft, warm and comfortable bed. The roof is still over my head; a very nice home too, it meets all my needs and more.
I checked my phone. (A thing I take for granted; a luxury in some parts of the world). I read a few messages from friends and family; people that I love dearly and that love me. People from all over the country too; old friends and new friends. I should never feel alone with great friends like these.
I ate a good breakfast and enjoyed some coffee. I have so much compared to some people in the world. I watched the morning news; I may not agree with politics but I live in a free country and won't be tortured or killed for my lifestyle, beliefs or opinions.
I have a good job and means to support myself; I have insurance and vacation time. Woohoo! I took a deep breath; felt my lung fill with fresh air. I savored the scent and sights of the day.
I have thought back over these last fifty years and I smiled. I have some wonderful memories, some painful ones too, but it's all been a part of life. I haven't expected everyday to be sunny, with perfect weather and the perfect temperature; I appreciate a good thunderstorm. Life is like that too.
I have traveled and seen many parts of the world. I have tried to embrace other cultures, beliefs and ways of thinking. I have lived life with passion. I feel rich from life's experiences.
Here's to FIFTY years! Huzzah!
I know I may have been annoying with all the talk of Jimmas; hopefully it brought a smile to someone's face. I guess this post will end as the familiar old story goes, with my own little twist of course:
Happy Jimmas to all... and to all: "enjoy life!"