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?