Don’t you love going to children’s birthday party’s? All the screaming, excitement, sugar-induced play, presents and cake. The birthday cake is definitely a highlight – most of the time. The smell of ‘sweet and savoury’ air from all the sausage rolls, french fries, lollies, cheerios and flavoured drink. The birthday boy sits on a throne, whilst eating on a pedestal, and opening his presents. The King of the moment. Lego galore. Memorabilia to take home in loot bags – more treats. The party is lavish and special, he is starting school on Monday. A new chapter begins: touch-screen learning, feed and read, playtime and spelling tests. Without a doubt, the school years are memorable and life-changing. Enjoy.
What is your fondest memory from year 1? Playing kiss-and-catch? Attending swimming lessons? Reading books? Meeting new friends? Or, all the birthday party invitations? Wins by a (country) mile.
How do you feel about getting older? Do you embrace the fact, or deny the inevitable? According to the UN report, in 2050, there will be over 2 billion people that will be over 60 years old, globally. Most of the ageing population, is prevalent in developing countries. So this alarming statistical information, highlights the need for increased healthcare services, especially dementia. There is now over 7 million new cases of dementia, diagnosed worldwide annually, according to statistics. Amazing. I will be over 60 years old, in 2050, one of those ‘aged’ people. Great. Turning another year older in a few weeks, only brings a smile to my face. On reflection, life has been an incredible kaleidoscope of events, adventure and advancement. Ageing is mere reality, beauty and truth.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain