I've never worried about my age. At 40 I celebrated by skydiving...and I have a video to prove it. If anyone has a VHS player I'd be happy to show it to you. For my 50th I purchased a diamond ring with one stone for each decade...that I managed to lose at the Little Rock airport when it went flying off my hand because I was too cheap to resize it after I lost 100 pounds. So I have slender, more attractive fingers, but no birthday diamonds. Next month I will reach another benchmark...60! Although I've been anticipating this major milestone for a year, I have yet to settle on the appropriate way to celebrate.
How do I celebrate 60? I can't afford that many diamonds. Jumping out of a plane once was enough for me. How do I make the big six oh memorable? In retirement I do whatever I want everyday, so making one day special is a challenge. The past few weeks I've traveled to Austin to see the grandchildren, to San Diego to see my family, and to Alaska to see the glaciers.
When I first started to blog, I had a list of things that I thought about accomplishing in retirement, including maintaining a blog for several months. That one I can check off my list because I have regularly posted to my two blogs. I wanted to take a trip with the grandchildren and we have scheduled a trip to San Diego with all of my family for December.
The accomplishment that eludes me is seeing Oprah. I have been an Oprah groupie for almost 25 years. Readers of my blogs know that I'm fond of quoting what I've learned from faithfully watching her show. I read the books she recommends, well, most of them. I just couldn't get through A New Earth. If Costco carries a book she recommends, I'll probably buy it and at least try to get through it.
Now Oprah is in her final season and the clock is ticking to complete this goal. I check her website daily for the opportunity to apply for a ticket. Now that I am no longer working, I have the flexibility to get to Chicago whenever an opportunity presents itself, but so far the ticket window has not been open. Oprah frequently assures her viewers that the Universe is responsive. After watching the season opener, I can see that I'm not going to win a ticket by being her biggest fan. I like Oprah, but I haven't built a school in Africa after being moved by a segment on her show. I haven't fed the hungry or paid off any one's mortgage. But I did lose 100 pounds and I am a teacher, both reoccurring themes on Oprah's show. Well, I had lost 100 pounds but I just went on a cruise and I'm a little heavier now and I've retired...but I do substitute occasionally.
I'm waiting for the Universe and Oprah to respond, but I probably need a back-up plan. Got any good ideas for celebrating my 60th? It is a time to celebrate. I have much to be grateful for in my first 60 years. I have almost made it to three score and Oprah won't be on the air when I celebrate four score.