62 Things to Do When You Turn 62

I do little more than bask in my own glory, but on this momentous year I decided to make a list.

  1. Wake up. Then be thankful you woke up.
  2. Check to make sure all your limbs are functional. If they are, be thankful you can move.
  3. Sell your business the day before your birthday so that you may have the first stress-free day in 20 years. (Okay, so that was unintentional, but it was very sweet.)
  4. Don’t go to work.
  5. Celebrate by bringing your jewelry class mimosas.
  6. Blow out your hair for once. You have the time to now.
  7. Sleep in later. Later than 7 a.m. Maybe even 8 or 9!
  8. Make an appointment with Social Security fast. Before they change their minds!
  9. Immediately thereafter, call your parent and rib them that they now have a child collecting Social Security too!
  10. Update your bucket list. Time’s running out.
  11. Take up yoga! Or something similarly ambitious to improve your health.
  12. Have another drink. That was one helluva long slog to this age.
  13. Make the day about YOU! No one else will.
  14. Refrain from looking at media — TV, radio, internet. It gets easier as you age.
  15. Breathe deeply and look around you. THIS is the first day of the rest of your life (not your high school graduation, you fool!).
  16. SMILE. This age is an inside joke.
  17. LAUGH! This age is really an inside joke!
  18. Eat something bad for you. Like a Whopper.
  19. Drink something bad for you. Like a fifth of tequila.
  20. Look around again. It could be worse, but it’s not!
  21. Exhale. The worst of it is over.
  22. No candles on the cake. 62 candles ablaze is asking for a visit from the fire department. You don’t want that. They won’t bring a present and they never clean up after themselves.
  23. Look in the mirror and like it. You are a friggin’ miracle!
  24. Drive like a grandma. Take your chances somewhere else.
  25. Spend the day in creative pursuits.
  26. You are now old enough to say NO, so don’t be afraid to say it.
  27. Learn a foreign language. Challenge your mind.
  28. Learn a new sport. Challenge your body.
  29. Do something special for yourself.
  30. Do something special for someone else.
  31. Clean out your closet and get rid of the crap and wishful thinking. You will NEVER be a size 4 (or 6) again. Be a doll to the Goodwill.
  32. Declutter everything else before you die and your children have to do it.
  33. Buy yourself some flowers.
  34. Don’t forget to floss.
  35. Don’t forget to flush.
  36. Read a favorite book again. This time, concentrate.
  37. Forgive someone you hate. Life is too short.
  38. Stay up late! You don’t have to wake up early tomorrow.
  39. Write a letter to your 70 year old self and put it in the underwear drawer. Pull out the letter in 8 years.
  40. Write down everything that happened today.
  41. Up your goals.
  42. Complete your goals as fast as you can.
  43. Look up an old teacher and tell them how much you appreciate them.
  44. Tell people you love them. Even the ones you hate.
  45. Put flowers on your mother’s grave.
  46. Tell a random military man (or police or fire fighter) how much you appreciate their service.
  47. Do something special for your pets.
  48. GO OUT TO DINNER! This is one day you don’t want to cook!
  49. Go shopping for a special memento for the day.
  50. Do something CRAZY! Something your middle-aged self would never do.
  51. Use your senior discount!
  52. Get your nails done! Better yet, get a massage!
  53. Rearrange your schedule. You might not have a Day Job anymore, but you must do something! Make it creative, make it productive, make it enjoyable.
  54. Bend down and kiss the earth and thank her that you’re still alive!
  55. Or…go to church and thank God you’re still alive.
  56. Make a donation to your favorite charity. Don’t ask for a receipt.
  57. If you haven’t done so yet, get an update from a licensed physician. You’ll need a clean bill of health for the rest of your life.
  58. Likewise, see a dentist. The future requires a good set of chompers.
  59. Make sure your insurance is paid up.
  60. Be pleasant to strangers for no reason at all.
  61. Be pleasant to your family for no reason at all.
  62. Finally, SMILE some more; LAUGH some more.

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