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  • Writer's pictureWILLIAM A SLOAN

So, I’ve Got This Birthday Coming Up

and in a few days, I’ll be.......more experienced.

Somehow, every year becomes more interesting and fuller than the year before. I’m not sure if everybody feels that way, but it works for me and I’m sticking to it. I’ve always been a firm believer of “you get back what you put out”, _ positive begets positive, negative begets negative, nice begets nice, if you get what I’m saying. That niceness might not come back to you immediately. It may even need a road map to find you, but eventually it will show up and there you are.

And this year, once again, is proof of that. I’m by nature a happy, positive, forward-thinking person and now, I find myself surrounded by so many happy, positive, forward-thinking people, family very much included – in fact, leading the pack! Lucky, lucky me.

Too many people, I think, live in their past, stuck in “the best years of their lives”, replaying college or high school or whatever on an endless loop, refusing to believe the reflection in the mirror. What a waste of time, right? Why not make every year your best year? What’s stopping you?

I’m busier now – creatively, responsibly and socially – than I’ve ever been (and that’s including the late 70’s, just sayin’), thanks to all the wonderfully smart, funny diverse people I’m privileged to know. And looking at the year ahead, it’s kinda nuts, in the best possible way. New people, new opportunities, new destinations, new ideas, none of which I saw coming, none of which I could have guessed, but add all of that into the mix that is already pretty delicious and you’ve just come up with a new recipe for “Well-would-ya-look-at-that?!”

I was talking to one of my favorite people yesterday about all of this and I said how I joke about my age all the time, and I do. “I’m 34 forever, I was born 34 and I’ll die 34.” It’s like a mantra. Do I believe it literally? Of course not. Is it tongue-in-cheek funny, ironic and an energy boost? Absolutely. But, as I said to my friend, I never expect anyone to look at me now in the way they did when I was actually 34 – that would be weird and kind of stupid. What I hope they think when they look at me is

“There’s a 69 year old guy who takes care of himself and doesn’t he look interesting.....and happy!”

“Laughter is timeless. Imagination has no age. And dreams are forever.”

– Walt Disney

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