My birthday was this past week. It was a pleasant enough day. Everyone at my office knew and wished me a happy birthday when I arrived at work. I have a couple of friends who have promised to take me out for a meal, but since my birthday fell mid-week, I didn't have any plans for the day itself. Rather than being upset at being alone on my birthday, I decided to treat myself to a dinner at a nice restaurant in town that I've always wanted to try, but one that is more upscale than I would pick for a meal that a friend was treating me to. The dinner was very nice; I was seated at a window overlooking our local extremely quaint historic district. (The restaurant was the 1741 Terrace, so that gives you an idea of how old our local history is!) I used the opportunity to do some reflection over my life to date. Since I just completed the CFP(r) and have spent a good chunk of the last 20 years focused on changing careers, it was a good opportunity to reflect over what I will want out of the *next* 20 years.
And I still have two meals with friends to look forward to during the next month. (Hopefully by then, the current wave of COVID cases will have peaked and be on the downswing again....I did read that if our pattern in the US follows what happened in the UK, Labor Day should be the peak of the current outbreak).