Friday, February 12, 2016

This Is The Year I Turn Seventy Five

When I was a kid, I used to think 75 years was a long time.  Ancient history in fact.  Apparently not, because I will soon turn 75 and I don't feel 'ancient.'  I do have some aches and pains, and a few missing parts that I accumulated over those years, but compared to others, I'm in pretty good shape and I still enjoy life.

There were times during those years that I wondered what the hell I was thinking when I did some of the things I did.  As much as I would like to take some back, it's not possible, so I won't dwell on it.

But while thinking back, I mentally assessed my lot in life and concluded that it has been a good one. I didn't have to kill or harm anyone, and as far as I know, no one tried to kill or harm me.  I've had a loving family, a wonderful childhood, some interesting and exciting adventures I would have never dreamed of, I've met a lot of people, made a lot of friends, and learned a lot about myself and the world about me.  In fact, I learned to enjoy learning, and I try hard to learn something new every day, regardless of whether I will use the information or not.  It makes me happy just learning it, and that's enough.

I definitely married well.  Judy Alethia Conrad McMillin.  I can't imagine life without her.

We took serious the vows we made to each other over 40 years ago, and it has been a wonderful life together ever since.  I can say the same about the family I inherited when we married.  They are all good people.

I keep thinking that one day I will win the Lottery or my ship will come in or some long lost relative will leave me a lot of money.  I know it's just wishful thinking but there are times when I wish I was rich enough to repay everyone who made me happy.  Perhaps they could use the money to add to their own happiness.  It's a good feeling.

The good thing about being 75 is that it's just a date and not a reflection of how young I feel.  Because I feel great...

1 comment:

Clark Ethridge (Misippi Egger) said...

Great post, Leroy. Shoot ---- 75 is the new 55! :-)

You and Judy are great friends. Here's to another 75!

(PS - will attempt to link my blog to yours. also).