When I turned 58 I realized how perilously close to 60 that was. Scary. I wanted to really enjoy that biggie in two years, but how could I if I was experiencing  shock? I thought of the perfect remedy—make sure to mentally turn 60 one year early—at 59. Then I could really enjoy the big 6-0.

I’m here to report that I was successful. Last November I turned 59 and it was just like I was turning  60! How did I do it? Over the last year of hibernation, I decided to approach life as though I were partially retired. That meant not saying yes to so many things and slowing down my routine. Goofing off more. That sounds like 60, doesn’t it? At least myversion of it.

There’s still a little adjustment needed before the big day, but I’m almost there. I’m ready for the 60-year-old mind, but I’m still trying to get a handle on my 60-year-old body. Why can’t I eat as much as I used to?  Why do I fall asleep in front of the TV at 9pm? Why do I need so many nighttime potty breaks? Oh. Is that the new me? The new oldme? Yep. That’s me.

Got it. I’m ready to be 60 on November 17. Can I start partying yet?