"...IF YOU FOLLOW YOUR BLISS, DOORS WILL OPEN FOR YOU THAT WOULDN'T HAVE OPENED FOR ANYONE ELSE." - Joseph Campbell

"SOMETIMES ON THE WAY TO YOUR DREAM, YOU GET LOST AND FIND A BETTER ONE." - Unknown (as seen on River's blog, "Drifting Through Life")

"IT IS POSSIBLE AT ANY AGE TO DISCOVER A LIFELONG DESIRE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU HAD." - Robert Brault


"IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO BE WHO YOU MIGHT HAVE BEEN." - George Eliot

"WE DID NOT CHANGE AS WE GREW OLDER. WE JUST BECAME MORE CLEARLY OURSELVES." - Lynn Hall

"GO CONFIDENTLY IN THE DIRECTION OF YOUR DREAMS! LIVE THE LIFE YOU HAVE IMAGED." - Henry David Thoreau



Sunday, October 13, 2013

* NOSTALGIC SUNDAY *

It's Time Again for Another Nostalgic Sunday



Normally, I'm up 'til midnight or later, but I didn't have a "normal" weekend. I attended a Happy 60th Birthday Party to Us last night and was up really late...or should I say until early this morning. *I'm most likely the oldest one of the group of "high school graduates of 1971 & born in 1953."  My birthday was in January and obviously a few haven't had their 60th birthday yet...but they're not far away!*

It was a small get-together, maybe 60 people. Hey, that would be perfect: 60 people, 60th year! Yikes! Forgive me. I'm really tired!

The best part was that I had been friends with a few of the women since grade school! We had a fantastic time sharing memories, talking about our current lives, and laughing hysterically. Some brought old yearbooks, scrapbooks, school memorabilia, and one put together a photo filled DVD, that was set to the music we grew up with. (I ordered one for myself.)

At first I didn't even remember something we 8th Graders did right before our graduation from grade school. The teachers asked us to write down what we wanted to be when we grew up, and the answers were typed up and given to all of us. I couldn't wait to look at the pages because I had no idea what I'd written. I was such an idealist then and my dreams for the future changed quite often. Some of the students wrote complete sentences, but I wrote two words: a reporter.

Oh my gosh! I remembered! I wanted to be a newspaper reporter. My first "real writing job," although it was for no pay, was writing an opinion column for our local newspaper. And that was just 12 years ago. 

I am living proof that anything is possible. 


That dreams aren't even realized sometimes until later in life. 


And that......"It's never too late to be what you might have been." -- George Eliot

29 comments:

  1. Happy belated birthday. And I love that you filled that dream - as well. Keep dreaming.

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    1. Hi EC! Thank you very much. It feels funny being wished a happy belated birthday, but hey, it doesn't matter how many months later it is....it's still wonderful to receive the wishes! :) And I definitely will keep on dreaming!

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  2. Happy Birthday and so glad dreams come true. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Hi Molly The Wally! Thank you so much. I really appreciate you stopping by!

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  3. Happy 60 with 60! That's a nice way to ring in the birthday. I don't even know what I would have written for that question...probably "actor." I was always a ham. :)

    M.L. Swift, Writer

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    1. Hello there, Mr. Swift! Thanks so much. I don't know how long I'm going to keep saying, "I can't believe I'm 60 years old!!" But someday, I also hope to be saying "I can't believe I'm 90 years old!!" And I think "actor" would be a great dream. Writing and acting are a lot alike, too!

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  4. Happy joint 60th birthday! Lovely to be surrounded by all your old friends like that. Amazing that you always wanted to be involved with writing. Hugs to you and Vern.

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    1. Happy Belated Birthday!! I am so glad that your dream came true.

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    2. Hi Thisisme!! Thanks so much! It really was a fun, fun evening! Some of those gals I hadn't seen in.....over 40 years! Others I have seen at reunions over the years, but not very recently. Thanks for the hugs for Vern and me! :) Sending some right back to you!

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    3. Hi Beth! Thanks so much for stopping by! I am so glad that you're here to share my dreams with.

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  5. Amazing!

    And a Happy Birthday to you!

    xo,

    Sheila

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    1. Hello Sheila! Gosh, great to see you here! I've been really awful at getting to others' blogs. I do hope to catch up a little bit one of these days. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful, long-time blogger friend!

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  6. Glad you had a good time. Love the message.

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    1. Hi Myrna! Thank you...and yes it's really something, isnt' it? Hugs to you.

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  7. Oh what a nice celebration and life affirmation that you are pursuing your writing dreams. :)

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    1. Hi Julie! Thank you. You're such a fabulous writer, that even your comments are writing wonders! :)

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  8. I love this story, Becky! I mean, I got a little choked up here. :-) And I'm super excited about your book launch--can't wait!

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    1. Ms Cathy C! It's been a long time since I've seen your lovely name here!! Thanks a bunch for stopping and commenting. You're a sweetie, sharing my excitement!

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  9. That sounds like a fun celebration, good friends, good fun and lots of laughter. You are right; it is never too late. Write on!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! When you and I get together (though not very often!) we always laugh a lot, too, don't we? You're so right about the good friends, fun, and laughter. And thanks for the "Write on!" :)

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  10. You are right, Bekcy. Some things are worth waiting for! Susan

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    1. Hi Susan! Thank you! You're another great supporter of mine! I appreciate it so much!

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  11. This made me smile...class of '72 and some of my class has already turned 60 (although I am still gloating at 58). We had such fun at our 40th reunion last year that your party reminded me of that...talking like we never missed a step with people we hadn't seen in years. Such fun. Does 60 sound very different to you than it feels? I have a hard time grasping that it is creeping up when I still feel about 35!

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    1. Hi Sue! How wonderful for you to stop by!! Thank you very much! I love your comment, and agree with you. When I get together with people from my grade school and/or high school years, we're always "boys" and "girls" again! I just can't refer to anyone as a man or woman. Isn't that funny? And a HUGE YES to your question about being 60. It sure sound awful to me, but I'm exactly like you....I always tell people I feel 35!! Honestly!! And I refuse to feel any older than that, and to fight off any aches and pains....as long as I can!! :)

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  12. Good for you!

    I 'm sure you and your friends had a great time. I can just imagine all the stories flying here and there. A fun time for sure!

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    1. Hi Carol! Thanks so much! Yes, those are such fun times. We all revert to being young again. And this time, I reconnected with a couple of "girls" I hadn't stayed in contact with, and we're definitely going to get together more often.

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  13. I was born in Feb. 53! lol I just can't stay up late because I have to get up at 6! I do in the summer though.

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    1. Yay for 60th Birthdays, Chatty!! :)
      I usually get up early every day, too...because of Vern! LOL
      But, I also take naps when I can!!
      Thanks so much for stopping and commenting!

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  14. It's so much fun to reconnect with old friends. Glad you had a great time!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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