Happy birthday to me!

Today is my birthday!

Who would have thought... 55! Holy smokes! When I think about how quickly time has passed with my life (more behind me than in front) I am just blown away. Being one of the fortunate ones with many, many wonderful memories of being a child, a young adult, a older young adult and now a middle aged young adult... I have so many things to be thankful of.

But life isn't about the past it is about the NOW. As you get older you begin to truly understand the meaning of being in the NOW. Petty issues don't linger as they once did. Those things are now easily (or more so) pushed aside with the recognition that they truly mean nothing. Those things that bring one to anger are recognized as unimportant and... petty. They will be forgotten as having ever happened in a few short weeks.

The happy moments in the NOW are appreciated like a fine wine. You let them linger and savor each and every smile, chuckle and hearty laugh. They are NOW so delicious! I want those events and look for them everywhere. They ARE everywhere.. just have to want them.

Looking at the future is different at this age. Not so many plans for getting ahead, burning the midnight oil for the good of a work place (unless of course you just can't sleep, which is part of this age too). You begin to appreciate the quiet times and plan accordingly. For me I love to get out of town and go to the country and drink in the sound of the birds and the feel of the fog in the early morning hours! I so totally enjoy a nice, ice cold Sam Adams in the hot afternoon (12:30 to be exact!). That is what my planning has become. I find that if you plan to much you begin to lose the NOW. You begin to live in the future!

These are all things I am learning as I try to slow the passing of my life down... way down! I want to enjoy each and every day. To appreciate the life in my life.. I want to be able to say "Today is a good day to die" . Life has been good to me and I have no regrets!

Happy Birthday to me!

Photo credits: Bowie15, Edwin Verin, Eti Swinford.

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Identifying pleasure ..Happy b day too you.Please,if you can, buy a picture for me


Happy Belated Birthday! Thank you for sharing your wisdom and expereince with us. Time seems to go by faster as we age. Living in the "NOW" does seem to be the best way to hold on to time and stay present in our own lives. I'm glad to hear your life has been a good one. Regards, Marie


Happy Birthday !! :)


Happy birthday.. here's to many more great moments ahead of you!


Happy Birthday


Better late than never I say! Joe I agree with you... the past CAN rejuvenate ones spirit.


Well said.
Yes what matter is NOW and how we handle the present.
But do make a trip to your old school and if possible sit in the same class room. See how it rejuvinates you.
And yes. . . . . .Many Happy returns of the Day (belated)


I know I'm late, but never too late to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY ETI! What a great blog you wrote and so true.


Happy Birthday. I turned the double nickles last year, so i got you beat by a year. We young'uns can teach the newborns a thing or two.


Better late than never, right? Happy Birthday Eti!!! let's stretch the celebration a little bit longer...


Nicely said and very moving, Happy Birthday!!!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I wish you a wonderful year, with lots of special moments to treasure and good health. (Sorry for the late wishes, but I was out enjoying my birthday:) :) )


happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y !!!! Sorry I'm late. I got you a present but the dog ate it. (The classics never die.)


sorry, I deleted the post as I couldn't get the image to show up at first. But I guess you saw it anyway . So, here's a repost..

SORRY for being late, I had to cook this exotic chicken for you..

 burn food cooking disaster  VIOLA ! ecco!


Thanks for the food Tan510jomast. I see you cook as well as I do! Ken.. as you know.. I will never be able to catch you on the age thingy.
Everyone.. thank you again for the well wishes for inspiration, happiness, luck, brilliance, love, wonder, the best, cakes, balloons, health, optimism, success, grace... wow so many good thoughts. It is the best birthday present one could ever wish for.


Happy Birthday !


Fantastic, Eti! I am so happy for you, even if it means you are getting to be closer to my age... You not only do such great work (which I have admired from the first time I saw it way back when) but you have such a wonderful attitude about life and the way it should be lived.

One of my greatest wishes for the future is to be able to age gracefully. I think I will amend that to be able to age gracefully, just like my friend Eti...

Happy Birthday, my friend...



My wonderful birthday flows over into the next day because of all the happy wishes from around the DT world! Thank you ALL so much!


Haaappyyy Birthdayyyy!


Hi Eti..Happy birthday!!! Wish you loads of happiness & luck! May you continue to have wonderful images always :)


Happy Birthday, Eti!
Wish you to have lots of brilliant, inspiring and happy 'nows' full of love and wonder!
I also wish you to create lots of new wonderful images like those you have in your great portfolio!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY I wish you all the best! ;)


happy birthday ... :-)


Happy birthday :). This is for you:

And this too :):

 Girl holding a flowers 


Happy birthday to you! I am really admiring your images and I wish you to go on in this wonderful successful wasy! I wish you to live many, many, many happy and joyful events, to have a lot of isnpiration, a strong health and to be always as optimistic as now!


Happy birthday and have a Wonderful Life!


Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day :)


Thanks everybody! So far its been a great day!


Congratulations... Happy Birthday.

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