Sunday, June 19, 2016

The first forty years of me!

Somewhat to my astonishment today marks the completion of my first forty years on planet earth!  I've never really thought about how I would feel at forty years old, partly because I try and live in the present but also because it always seemed quite far away.

I feel very blessed to have the friends and family I have.  Being 40 years old doesn't feel any different to being 20, 30 or (probably) 50.  It just means I've had 40 years of fun, and here's to (at least) the next 40 years!

The image below is the birthday card that my dear friend Graham Birks made for me.  We first met twenty years ago, and this card is made up of photos he has taken of me over the years.  Starting top left is a photo taken of me when we all lived in the nurses' flats near Ipswich Hospital.  Bottom right is a photo of me laying on the dance floor at Graham's wedding a couple of weeks ago.  I wanted to share this photo with you, not out of self-interest, or any other egotistical reason.  I wanted to share it because it's quite simply one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever received.  What a lovely thing for an old friend to have done for me.  Thank you Graham, you are wonderful.

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