Thursday, September 14, 2006

42

Happy Birthday to me!

Birthdays just aren't exciting any more. I guess you could consider the decades as significant milestones, but I don't really buy that. Thirty wasn't really so black. In fact, I still felt pretty twenty something well into my mid-thirties. Around the middle of that decade I'd definitely moved on and felt solidly like an adult, as opposed to a young adult.

Forty wasn't really that big of a deal either with the exception that with adulthood came more stress and a more sedentary lifestyle and evidence that my adult lifestyle was creating problems. It was around 39 that my weight and blood pressure peaked and sounded an alarm that my lifestyle wasn't sustainable. Come to think about it, that was also when I finally resolved my doubts about the church and moved on from the teachings of my childhood. I stopped racing motorcycles, took up running, lost 35 pounds, and quit going to church. I take it back. Forty was a pretty significant milestone in my life although I didn't think about it at that time.

Who knows what major changes may come, but the next big age milestone I foresee is retirement. I suspect that with the emerging demographic trends that is likely to push out to 70 by the time I get there.

In the meanwhile my doctor gave me a pretty stern lecture about taking care of myself when I went in for a physical. After running some tests I found out that my blood sugar is fine, my cholesterol is excellent, my blood pressure is now under control and good, and a heart CT showed that I have zero hardening in my coronary arteries. Like it or not, I'll probably be around for a while.

7 comments:

Sister Mary Lisa said...

WE like it that you're going to be around for awhile. Happy Birthday!!

Sister Mary Lisa said...

And since NOBODY ELSE in Outer Blogness wished you a happy birthday, I shall say it again.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Bull said...

Thank you very much.

La said...

I'm just happy you're healthy! What a gleaming report from the doc! :) May we all be so well...

Happy Birthday, A, albeit a few days late. Birthdays always make me sad because what we really need are more parties, but being so far from each other, blogger b-days are nearly impossible to celebrate.

Anyhow, here's wishing you a fantastic 43rd year of life!!

Arizona Expositor said...

Happy Belated Birthday. Good job on the health I am battling that now. I have watched both of my parents have GBS and my mom has had a ton of complications. So might as well start the good habits now.

GuateMom said...

Happy belated birthday. Did you #3 child tell you that I called to wish you a happy birthday?

Glad you are healthy and gonna be around for a long time. You are a great brother!

Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Happy birthday... I am only three years older than you... When I hit 41, all systems failed. Very scary and very crazy... Before that all my systems were a go. The docs still tell me that there was nothing I could have done to save myself...

AND, that is scary. But glad to hear that you are doing fine. I will be happy if I make it to retirement age. I am already retired from work because it is too much stress and too much illness. Oh well... que sera.