the below email was waiting for me in my inbox when i woke on my 49th birthday.
SUBJECT : Happy Bettering Day
Welcome to the 49'er club -
I will spend less than two weeks of my entire 49th year sleeping in my own bed. May you have the exact opposite experience.
i'm one of the few people that are giddy about getting older. given how simple and directionless i was when young, knowing more who you are and having a few experiences in the tank makes a huge difference in one's contentment and trajectory in life.
and fold in the fact that i'm in far better health today than when i was twenty-nine, well, now you're talking about that rich, creamy frosting slathered on top of an already sweet treat.
and as if all that wasn't enough, while knowing yourself is surely one of life's many lotteries, having friends who know you nearly as well, as evidenced by bookguy's knowing comment about my home-body-ness, well, that is just another one of life's windfalls.