I know I sound like a kid in a candy store when it comes to celebrating birthdays, but OMG, what just happened?
I remember being a kid and saying to myself, 'In 1999 I will be 30, in 2009 I will be 40 ... ' but 2019 and 50 seemed like a lifetime away. And that's what happened. I was hoping to be at some exotic location soaking up the sun with my newfound 'six pack post operation', but that didn't happen as I had planned.
Instead, I have been going from Osteopaths, Doctors and Specialists trying to find out what's causing my post operation pain. Xrays and MRIs revealed I have a strain which is pinching my neck vertebrae C5, C6 and C7, causing numbness in my shoulders, arms and hands. The Frankenstein clicking on my right side is so disturbing, I keep thinking my head will fall off with any sudden turns. So I have been going for the past month to physio, trying to have massage to release the built up tension in my neck and shoulders.
Avoiding pain-killers as much as I can due to their side effects on my usually goofy self, I have tried to maintain a motivated and enthusiastic attitude, which can be quite challenging when your body isn't 100% right.
Often we forget to look after ourselves and our well-being as we try to help others. But instead, I will continue to strive for ultimate health, ensuring that I take care of me first so that I am a more effective ambassador for helping others. So a word of advice to you - if something's not right, go and get yourself checked out. It's easier to resolve something at early detection than waiting for issues to get worse.
So back to Celebrating 50 - I met with and received calls from friends and family all over the place. Looking back, I said to my dear friend who is based in Houston, 'Wow what happened to 20 years ... remember when I walked into the office and became your mate for life?' ... that's how fast time goes by.
I didn't manage a trip to Thailand in the Spring holidays, so we went for lots of Thai instead!! First with my mum neighbours which was a lovely night out. On my actual birthday, I took the day off and pampered myself with the longest Thai massage ... can't believe how hard she worked on the knots in the shoulders and neck, giving me relief for the first time in months.
Later I met with my immediate family for Margaritas and Mexican at our other favourite place ... those bring back happy memories of my days in Houston! The following night, I went out with another very international group of mums/friends, one of which was Christine, who I had met on my travels in 1992. Sharing stories, enjoying eachother's company and seeing pics from my youth were just wonderful. Oh and the Mango Cheesecake is the best I have ever had!!
I look back at life as I know it and decided I would write a different kind of Blog post. Everyone knows my story as a kid and Eczema, so I wanted to reflect on 50 years from 20-30, 30-40, 40-50 and celebrate it some way, reminiscing and sharing some of the funny stories along the way. I'm in the process of writing these, so hopefully they will be ready soon.
PS. Go figure, I always wanted to be a writer or work for a magazine. In my travel days, I would write travel stories about my solo adventures and send them to my friends from Internet Cafe's. Looking forward to writing again!
At Essentially Lili, we always love hearing your wonderful stories. Thank you for sharing them with me. Much Love, Lili x