Sunday, July 26, 2020, I (Steve) observed the completion of 77 turns around the sun.
In no particular order, I thought I’d share a few thoughts about that milestone.
This was the first time I’ve marked a birthday in the middle of a pandemic. I won’t complain if it’s the last.
Johnnie makes the best birthday cake!
Actually, anything Johnnie makes is the best!
2020’s pandemic party curtailed any in-person birthday party events and substituted video screen connecting. I’m not one for big parties anyway, but I do look forward to the small gathering of family and friends that usually populates our patio. One of the things getting together via video underscored was that while loved ones may not have been physically present, love was.
During a birthday video chat with a relative, who shall remain nameless, Johnnie and I learned that, if you’re holding your cell phone low enough and close enough to your nose, you can look just like Mr. Potato Head.
Now that I’ve put 77 turns around the sun behind me, I’m probably a bit more aware of the prevalence of ageism and it’s one of the many “isms” I won’t put up with. But then, I felt the same way when I was 17. I’m not sure if that means that I haven’t grown up or if it means more people need to.
One of the oft-repeated birthday questions is, “What would you tell your younger self?” Other than a suggestion to avoid gluten, I don’t really know. But, I am reasonably sure we’d have a good conversation.
Actually, now that I think about it, there is one thing I’d tell my younger self, “Believe it or not, you’re the guy who gets THE girl!”
I share a birth date and year with Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones. I suppose it’s possible he’s played in front of a few more people than I have but, I know, there is no way he loves making music more.
Speaking of music, like many of you, COVID-19 and the resulting lifestyle change to “safer at home” along with some family health issues hit the pause button on several things I had planned for my 76th year. One of them was finally finishing and releasing an album that I’d planned on calling “Spirit Of 76.’ Well, it’s still on the burner for year 77 (the album, not the title) but, if it doesn’t get finished in the next 12 months, the following year, I may have to go really old school … and release it as a 78.
As Johnnie said, “It’s not like any birthday we ever imagined, but we are together and healthy…the best gifts ever.”
And, in 2020, those gifts mean more than ever.