My year of being 60 draws to a close tonight. As it exits, it leaves behind a great gift, a gift that took me by surprise when I articulated it quite unexpectedly a couple of weeks ago.
Last year, as I approached this milestone birthday, I vowed to live it boldly. To make things happen in my life as a clear signal that 60 signals a stage of life that is filled to the brim. A time to revision my life and stir things up. Some of my friends think that’s how I’ve always lived my life. But the truth is, I’ve lived my life full of fear and self-doubt and tightly-reined creativity.
But 60…60 would be different.
I set a clear intention to have a rip-roaring Year of Being 60. And it’s been everything I dreamed…and more. My best year in decades. Maybe ever. It’s been joyful and full of surprises and challenges and opportunities to stretch my limits. I’ll list some of the amazing things that have happened to me over this year at the end because I suspect I’m much more interested in the list than you will be. Besides, something far more important happened during my year of being 60.
I finally set myself free.
I am free to do the work that feeds my spirit. I am free to live with a simplicity that started with lack of money and ends with an abundance that leaps way ahead of the material. I am free to speak to God and about God in my own way. I am free to be in a relationship, or not. I am free to try new things that once would have–and did–terrify me. I am free to say no. I am free to say yes. I am free to fail. I am free to live beyond fear and constraint and judgment (mine as well as others’).
I’m free in ways that tell my spirit it never knew how tied up in knots it was until all those knots slipped away.
My Year of Being 60 is over. But I feel like I’m just getting started on this being free thing.
For anyone who’s interested, here’s my Top 10 “Did It” List from my Year of Being 60.