Monday, 30 June 2014

The Meaning of Life and I

Today I turn 42 years of age. Does that mean I now know the answer to the meaning of life, the universe, and everything? Well, I do feel like I know a lot more than say ten years ago. On the other hand, I'm still baffled by many things. A lot of things. Perhaps that's how it's supposed to be?

One of the benefits of growing older is being more sure of what you want and like. What you don't want or like.

My favourite mug - a gift from a close friend

I'm learning to use the word 'no' more often, and making time in my busy schedule to do the things that make me happy. Why? Because there aren't many people in our lives who will do it for us. The simple truth is we have one life. There are no do-overs. We have to make every moment count. I'm not advocating being utterly selfish - other people do matter. Just make some 'me time' along the way.

Now back to turning 42 and birthdays. If money were no object and I was made of 'the right stuff', I'd like this view as a present. For real. As in a few days on the International Space Station.

Image taken by astronaut Reid Wiseman, NASA

Actually, scrub that idea. Truthfully, I'd just like a few more hours with the family and friends I've lost on this journey called life. Those people no longer with us in body, but always in our minds. I suspect most of us feel the same way.

What about you? What would be your ultimate birthday gift?

40 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Ellie!! I hope there's cake and wine involved. :)

    My birthday was in March, but I think (hope) to get my ultimate present in August. After 15 years, hubby and I will be living together again. I can't wait.

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    1. Thank you, Maria. Yes. Lots of cake and wine!

      That's wonderful about you and hubby finally living together. All the hard work will be worth it in the end. And only a few weeks away!

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    2. Cake with wine? I've never had that combo. It's it like... white wine with yellow cake, red with chocolate? :)

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  2. Happy birthday Ellie! All I know for sure is that the older I get the more I realize I don't know.

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    1. Thank you! I suspect that there's some natural law of physics that means the amount we don't know increases exponentially with age.

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  3. Happy birthday, ma'am. I think my ultimate present would be a blog header as cool as yours. Who made it?

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    1. Thank you :) My header was created by the talented graphic artist Ida Jansson. You can find at amygdaladesign.com.

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  4. Happy birthday, Ellie. Love your sentiments about friends and family we have lost, they are always in our hearts and minds.

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    1. Thank you, Suzanne. They certainly are in our hearts and minds.

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  5. Happy birthday. 42 is a special number. My mum was born at a no 42, I was born in 1942. When I got married first time, we lived at another number 42 and Douglas Adams made up a whole series about that number. So a prestigious number to achieve congratulations.
    Best ever birthday presents? A Mead 16" telescope with self aligning goto software and lots of warm nights with dark skies.

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    1. Wow. 42 is a special number for you! I hope your birthday wish really does come true for you. Thank you for my birthday greeting.

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  6. Yay! A fellow beautiful Cancerian moon child! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY birthday!! May your inner strength continue to grow and may your day be full of happiness and joy!

    Take care
    x

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  7. Happy birthday, Ellie!
    Time with family and friends we don't see often would be nice.
    And learning to say no is important. We can fill our lives with junk otherwise.

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  8. Happy birthday!!! Hope you have a wonderful day. I'd go to school all my life if I could afford to do so.

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    1. I had a wonderful day, Christine. Thank you!

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  9. Happy birthday! I'd take a day with old friends at a theme park. Hopefully everyone would like roller coasters.

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  10. Happy Birthday to you, Ellie. I share your sentiments about the perfect gift. I wish you a very happy year ahead with lots of good times with your loved ones.

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  11. Happy Birthday, Ellie! The ultimate birthday gift: a way to think up a story and have it appear on the computer screen, so I won't have to type anymore. I'd get much more written that way.

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    1. Now that would be the ultimate gift!

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  12. Glad you had a good birthday hun. We did as the card said "Happy booze and cake day!" lol"

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  13. Happy Birthday... I hope it was glorious... sorry I am late and you know I care... so all the best chicky!

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    1. Thank you, Jeremy! I know you do. I had a wonderful day.

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  14. Congratulations on 42. You are the same age as me! I guess us Generation X'ers gotta stick together.

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    1. We do, Michael! Thanks for the birthday wishes.

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  15. Hope you had a great birthday. I would love a chance to redo a few moments in my life but sometimes minor alterations have huge consequences so maybe that's not such a good idea. I'll settle for that mug you have. : ) Any idea where I can get one too?

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    1. Thanks, Jeff. I had a great day. The mug was a gift from a friend. I'll have to ask her where she got it.

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  16. Happy Birthday!
    Hamm, a nice gift? A free month at a seaside hotel to write and wander on the beach.

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  17. Happy 42nd birthday! I agree, I would just like to spend time with my loved ones. I like getting older at the moment. I am such a different person now than I was ten years ago and as I get older, I tend to like myself more.

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    1. Thank you, Murees. I agree about liking ourselves more. I think it's because we become more comfortable and confident as we get older.

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  18. Hi ELlie - belated Happy Birthday - it's good to reflect, pick up the pieces and do what we intend to do .. enjoy ourselves with others ... I'd love to spend time with loved ones gone ... so many questions now and they're not here to help or answer!! Still theoretically I shall be the wise one ...

    Theory v practise .. better get practising .. enjoy the rest of the summer and keep writing ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you, Hilary! The same back at you about enjoying the rest of the summer.

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