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This has been a banner month for me, right up there with turning 21… and turning 40… and turning 50. I turned 65 last Sunday, November 6th. While that number seems a little shocking, it’s better than saying, “If I’d have known I was going to live this long, I’d have taken better care of myself.”

Fortunately, I always eschewed junk food, loved to exercise, really enjoyed my work, partied just enough, took good care of both my skin and my state of mind, and mercifully, it has paid off.

The benefits of turning 65 so far have been:

  • I received a birthday card from the government – my Medicare card. I’m still not sure what it entitles me to and still not sure whether to laugh or cry.
  • For once the saying, “The check’s in the mail,” is true. I am drawing Social Security now, and a check really does arrive. However there is a teeny-tiny part of me that feels guilty. When it was deposited in my account, the first thing that ran through my mind was the Dire Straits song, Money for Nothing. I’m over that now.
  • It is a joy to not have to get ready every day and go to work, but I still keep a schedule, and I’m working with a coach. My schedule includes a couple of hours of daily writing – since I’m now working on my second book.
  • Because I am in charge of said schedule, I’m free to take “vacation days” whenever I see fit and the bank balance allows. I love to travel, so I see more of that in my future.
  • Errands now get run when I feel like running them!
  • Some days I only wear trashed jeans, a tee shirt, and moisturizer all day. However in the midst of all this, I find myself having moments where I feel like I’m a teenager playing hooky and might get caught.

Maybe that’s the blessing in all of this, I’ve skipped from wondering when I would truly be an adult, to feeling like a kid getting away with something.



  • Joyce November 16, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Happy birthday . .I too turned 65 a few months back. Love being retired . Hubs semi..contracts sprung up the day after and now it’s ‘candy”- money…good bottle of eine,trip to see zGrands, of friends . ..enjoy! We’re in Midland if y’all feel like a road trip!

    • Donna O'Klock December 5, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Well, thank you for that invitation, Joyce. If you ever hear an air horn out front, you’ll know it’s me!
      A very Happy Birthday to you, too!

  • Donna O'Klock November 16, 2016 at 1:04 pm

    Well, thank you for that invitation, Joyce. If you hear an air horn out front, you’lol know it’s me!
    I’m sure I will chill out soon, and let myself relax and enjoy it,. A very Happy Birthday to you, too!

  • 1010ParkPlace November 17, 2016 at 8:23 am

    “A birthday card from the government… ” You funny girl. xoxo, Brenda

    • Donna O'Klock December 5, 2016 at 12:17 pm

      I am glad I could make you chuckle, Brenda. My work here is done….

  • Liz November 17, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Happy Birthday!

    • Donna O'Klock December 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      A very belated Thank You, Liz!!

  • Diane November 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Happy Birthday, my friend! I’m right behind you.
    Ummm . . . in a birthday way, not in a creepy ‘stalking’ way.

    • Donna O'Klock December 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm

      Hahahaha! Sorry it took so long, but Thank You for the birthday wishes, Diane! Hope yours was great!

  • beth djalali November 20, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    a very happy birthday, donna! who knew 65 would look so good?!

    • Donna O'Klock December 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

      Aw, shucks, Beth. Thank you!

  • Jen Lawrence November 22, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Happy birthday. Those sound like some pretty great gifts!

    • Donna O'Klock December 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you very much, Jen! Yes, I’d have to agree with you, most days I feel like I won the lottery. 😉

  • SANDY LINTER November 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    I’m turning 69 in a few days. I also wish I’d taken better care of myself but I’m happy to still be here. Happy Thanksgiving! 2016 xo

  • Donna O'Klock December 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Thank you, Sandy, it was wonderful to be with dear friends and new friends. It was also freezing cold!
    I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

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