Every year, I plan an international trip for my birthday. It’s a wonderful way to mark the passage of time and an excellent excuse to go somewhere fun. I especially love milestone birthdays and, since this year was my 60th, I wanted to do something extra special for myself.
Even though I usually travel solo, a friend of mine wanted to meet in Mexico and I jumped at the chance to have a girlfriend’s getaway. She was going to be in Tulum, so, I flew down to join her.
I just booked the flight, packed my bag and left. It has been a while since I did anything quite so spontaneous but I knew I would have a fantastic time and I was up for the adventure.
We ended up at a lovely resort right on the beach and my friend arranged to have me put in the room right next to hers. The room was perfect, full of rustic Mexican charm. It even had a balcony with a stunning view of the Caribbean Sea. I was thrilled and I knew this was exactly what I needed.
We went to a gorgeous, beachfront dance club. It had all the fun and flair you would expect to find in a lovely little Mexican town. To top it off, it was a full moon and a Saturday night, so, everyone was in very high spirits.
To me, it felt like everyone was there to celebrate my 60th birthday. What an incredible evening it was!
Years ago, celebrating would have been a nightly occurrence. After having such a great first night in Mexico, I was simply content to spend the rest of my trip relaxing under a shady palapa and visiting with my friend.
I have always loved the aging process and truly appreciate every passing year. This birthday felt different – somehow more significant.
Turning 60 felt like a new beginning – a brand new start to the rest of my life.
Things that might have concerned me in the past seemed unimportant and I had the sense that nothing would ever be the same. I had given myself permission to enter this chapter of my life with the wonder and excitement of a child. I suddenly had no more expectations – just anticipation for what may lie ahead.
Now, beginning a new decade, I feel that I am becoming more myself. All of the self-reflection, joy and sorrow are blending into this beautiful mosaic that is my life.
Watching the crystal blue waves, rolling in and out, feels like a metaphor for my life – one continuous, beautiful flow.
There is a lovely symmetry to reaching a golden age and going on vacation. Both experiences are a wonderful reflection of who I really am. They remind me to enjoy every single moment.
I am so grateful for this incredible journey that is my life – and that I got to celebrate it in Mexico!
Have you ever gone on vacation to celebrate a milestone birthday? What do you like most about life after 60? Please join the conversation.