So - today I am fifty-five years old. Go-juu-go in Japanese - which I am still learning slow but sure.
There were a lot of people who never thought I'd live this long. One of my friends has been saving original artworks and poems by me for thirty years now, on the belief I will die young and then she will be rich. I hope she isn't too disappointed!
There were a few people who hoped I'd never make it this far - and who actively tried to make sure I didn't. Fuck you, Mom. Fuck you, Ex-. Nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah nyah. (insert pixie laugh)
I am not actually all that surprised. Being on the inside of my life I knew I was near indestructible by the time I was ten. By the time I was twenty I had decided to live to be over 100, because I'm sure it will be interesting. The first fifty-five years have been full of events and discoveries - DNA, the Internet, digital art, the Kindle. What's next? Teleportation? Maybe instead of retiring to a little island in Japan, I'll retire to Mars! Besides, there are a few states in the union I haven't been to yet. (And a few I never want to see again!)
Meanwhile - the sunset above is outside my window every day, and a Ladderback Woodpecker visited me in the tree right over my head during my meditations today. My DH is making me a birthday cake, and I'm planning on a nice, long bicycle ride later.
I am thankful for my health, and for being in good shape so I can enjoy all the things I love - hiking, biking, kayaking, travel. I am thankful for this wonderful Internet, and the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing which allows me to write, and share my work and even make a buck or two. But it is largely through the generosity of my beloved hubby that I am able to relax and write, and draw, and watch anime and all those other things I love to do.
For a pixie, of course, fifty-five years is nothing. I'm almost an adult now. We fey folk, however diluted the blood may be, live long lives compared to other humans.
Back when I was dancing and making mega-bucks, I followed the hobbit custom of giving gifts to all my friends on my birthday. That isn't as easy these days - but if you can, have a little treat today and imagine it is from me :D Thanks for being my friends.