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October 26, 2013

DENISE FEDOROW: Fast and furious reflections on a ‘speed limit’ birthday

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• Maintaining Speed — Maybe it’s time to set the cruise control and just keep things going at the current pace. Not make any life-altering decisions, try to be balanced. This could include speeding up when the opportunity comes to pass something that’s getting in your way and slowing down to enjoy the view now and then.

I think I’m in the “all of the above” category right now. I hit a point earlier in my life where I felt life was wasting away and while there are limitations on me I wanted to make up for what I considered “lost time.” So I traveled and I pursued dreams to the best of my abilities.

The last couple of years, however, personal losses made it harder to bounce back from life’s difficulties like I would’ve in the past and caused me to face the realization that I need to start taking better care of myself. I need to spend more time doing things that build me up, not stress me out. Even if those things don’t build my bank account, they build my life account.

So I’m coasting right now, just cruising along. I speed up when necessary and slow down when I need to refuel, catch my breath and to smell the roses. I try to maintain not only my speed but my attitude of gratitude because while things are not all like I’d like them to be, I am so very blessed in so many ways.

So the birthday itself was lower key than usual this year. I did go out to dinner and shopping with my BFF. I ended up working on my actual birthday and postponed my annual lunch with my “birthday buddy,” a tradition we’ve kept for about 15 years now. I received fewer cards through the mail because of all the Facebook greetings, which is always nice to see. Still, the cards I did receive were very special indeed.

I’ve discovered many more people who share the same birth date as me. So to all of them and all of you who may be celebrating birthdays this month, I wish you a very happy and blessed birthday — milestone or not.

Denise Fedorow is a columnist and correspondent for The Goshen News. Her column appears every other week. She’s looking forward to the re-scheduled birthday buddy lunch.

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