The last day of February. The last day of a short month. The last day of a very cold and snowy month. A month of record breaking. Today is sunny with a crystal blue sky. The temps are -1de with a wind chill of 15 below zero. A might chilly I guess. When I was young I loved this day, this last day of February. I learned how to spell this month's name early. I looked forward to it all year...well all January and February! I think the weather has played a part in how everyone is feeling lately. Work has been filled with drama and snipping at each other and frankly I decided at the last minute I would take today off and just let go for a bit. Take a breather. I've looked back at my blog to the posts I put on over the past 6yrs on this day to see how things were going and how I felt, what I did, and what I actually posted about. I realized that my sour attitude this week might jade my post of 2014, last day of February. I don't want that to happen. I know that it was a day that made my Mom smile. I know she'll call and ask me how I feel today. I wouldn't want her to think I'm having trouble saying all is well. It is actually well...I'm well...my family is too. Life is short. Shorter for some than others. We should celebrate all the moments...good and bad. We should be grateful for them..and I am. I think I need to make some changes and get my rear in gear and move on to bigger and better things. Well, maybe the same things, only with a brighter outlook! Last year on this day it was a milestone. Now I feel like I'm on a staircase and not really sure if I'm taking the first step up or down. Decades...10yrs....encompass many changes. Years 1-10 have significant changes...moves that go quickly....walking, talking...learning. Years 10-20 are usually filled with emotion, growth, vast change in locations and milestones....on and on as the decades come we, and gajillions of others, go through the steps of those decades. I'm on the step of starting my 60's....61 today. These next 10 years hold all kinds of possibilities and all kinds of challenges. Growing older hasn't bothered me all that much in the past...well, except for that nano second when I turned 30 and panicked! But getting toward those "golden" years makes me a bit dry mouthed. I can say, "Well, 61 is the next 41"..blah, blah, blah. It isn't...won't ever be. But I'm going to hope it's a good next 10yrs. I've worked in health care since I was 18. I get it..I understand what can be ahead. The caution signs are out and I'm feeling like this first step of this next decade will be made with orthopedic shoes instead of stilettos. I'm not the only one getting older. It does happen if we're lucky. But I can go forward and smile and realize that maybe it is "just another day"....sort of. How about we all celebrate these "another days" with joy, hope and love. With patience, understanding, faith, and humor. And perhaps a giant piece of cake with some icecream on the side....Let's get moving!