Sunday, June 2, 2013

Can I Drive 55?

My 55th birthday was this past Friday and, I have to admit, it’s a birthday that bothered me a bit as it approached. 55, mid-50s, senior discount age – those are no big deal. What’s bothered me about turning 55 is my parents both died when they were 71 and the math between 55 and 71 is just too easy. I realized in just sixteen years I will be the age they were when they died and that’s simply not long enough!

As I went through my day Friday, Sammy Hagar’s song I Can’t Drive 55 kept running through my head. I looked up the lyrics and found these words:

When I drive that slow, you know it's hard to steer.
And I can't get my car out of second gear.

I ran a 10k last weekend, a 5k this weekend. I met a friend for coffee this week and enjoyed lunch with my best friend: my husband. I celebrated my birthday with all of my family and some of my dearest friends. I started attending a new writing class. I tapped my creative side making cards for a couple of special people. My husband and I discussed our long-term plans for the future; today we will plan what we will do this month to make those long term plans a reality. I realized I don’t drive slowly, I’m not having trouble steering and my car isn’t stuck in second gear. I CAN drive 55! I can ROCK 55!

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