Happy Birthday to Me!

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Flexit Realty "Flexible Home Selling Solutions"

Yike's what a day...the dreaded 65!

I have never had an issue with birthday's but this one has been different.  I really never gave time or dates much thought unless they were associated with a contract or closing a sale.

I have maintained my physical condition over the years.  Enjoyed using and abusing my body in every conceivable manor.

I went through Green Beret training school, ran miles without thinking it was far, jumped into and out of situations without hesitation.  I raced motorcycles, sailboats (which I still do) peddled bikes for miles, cross country Turning 65 new age or Twilight?skied miles, hang glided, hiked in remote areas never did age or physical condition enter my mind.  Not once did I flinch or think WOW, until what ever adventure I had completed was over.

Turning 65, that is a whole new frontier for me.  I don't feel like I am old but when my kids talk to me they seem to be more cautious of what they ask me to help them do.  My friends that I race with don't know my age...didn't know my age until a party.  They seemed shocked, thinking I was in my 50's.  I suppose that is a compliment but 65!  

I like what I do, my impact is immense on clients lives, or I should say I believe it is.

I took a photo of one of the gifts for my birthday.  Now that you know I race sailboats it will make sense.  The were not saying for me to sail off into the sunset...or were they?

My son said, "hey those boats don't have water coming over the side"!  I took him out in 25 mhp winds, he was 9 then, 25 years later he still talks about the adventure.  We flew across the lake with water coming in over the edge, he never forgot it!  Consequently never have I.

Having trouble with a birthday?  Remember, live and enjoy what you have today, let tomorrow take care of itself!

That's what I am doing.  Thank you to my family and friends for remembering as the great times.  To my wife for making the last 25 years always special.

I can only hope you have been as blessed as I have.  :-) 

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Teral McDowell
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Happy Birthday, Gary, enjoy it - it took all 65 years to get there so celebrate life and be glad you can't hear me sing.

Feb 19, 2012 02:03 AM #1
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Shannon Coe
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Happy birthday all birthdays are good! Enjoy the health and family.

Feb 19, 2012 02:05 AM #2
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
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Well, Gary...seems you're taking it in stride. Numbers are funny. I loved reading about what keeps you young. I think that people can be young at 80 and old at 20. It's all in the attitude! Keep the wind at your back and enjoy that race called LIFE!

Feb 19, 2012 02:09 AM #3
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY!  Enjoy your special day to the fullest my friend!

Feb 19, 2012 02:10 AM #4
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Anne M. Costello
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Gary: Your photo shows you don't look anywhere close to 65. My favorite birthday anthem is Elton John's I'm Still Standing. Life throws a lot at us and you certainly seem to have weathered it well. Hope you had a a wonderful celebration and get to enjoy many more!

Feb 19, 2012 02:10 AM #5
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Lee Davenport
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Happy Birtthday Gary and may you enjoy many more!

Feb 19, 2012 02:27 AM #6
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Li Read
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Very happy birthday!   Love the sailboat gift (am also a sailor).   It's just a number, after all...if you don't tell, neither will anyone else!

Feb 19, 2012 02:36 AM #7
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Happy Birthday Gary! You seem to have a great attitude on life and age. May you have many more and may they all be happy.

Feb 19, 2012 02:38 AM #8
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Happy birthday! I passed that milestone sometime ago and I can attest that it is just a time measurement. You are as young as you think.

Feb 19, 2012 02:43 AM #9
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Hi Teral, it is a number, but not all that many years ago it seemed a long way off!  Thanks for the comment.

Hi Shannon, thank you, now if I only had your hair! :-)

Hi Gayle, I do the things to keep the body in shape, now it seems we have many spare parts available!  Thanks for the comment.

Hi John, heading off your way in the near future to visit friends.  Thanks for the comment John.

Hello Anne, photos can be deceiving, I weigh 20 lbs less than that photo, for the past couple years.  Makes sailing easier, not being a fat guy!  Thanks for your comment.

Hi Lee, WELCOME to ActiveRain!  I love the Atlanta area.  Please stop back again.  I check on your blog.  Thanks for your comment.

Hi Li, didn't know you sailed.  All the better, your promotion of Salt Spring Island properties and photos from a boat would be memorable.  Thanks for the comments Li.

Hi Jim, thank you so much for your comments.  I'll try to comment when you hit 40, if I have a memory left! :-)  Thanks again for your comments.

Hi David, your comment is good news, after some of the comments from the birthday party I was a bit concerned.  I think one son asked if I would need my cookies run through a blender! :-)  Thanks for the comments David.

 

 

Feb 19, 2012 03:53 AM #10
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I think as long as you live like you are young and don't feel it, you are young! Clearly you can keep up with those younger than you, so that is your real age.

 

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