Birthday Thoughts

I had my 69th birthday this week. I cannot believe how fast the years have gone. I have done a lot of thinking about where I want the remaining years to take me.

First of all, it is important for me to enjoy my life. Staying healthy and fit is top on my list. Spending time with family and friends is a close second, only because I realize that without my health it is very hard to enjoy anything or anyone. Then comes the everyday living that has to give me joy. This includes my hobbies, like reading, cooking, listening to music, painting, traveling, etc.

Besides spending time with family and friends, I intend to spend a lot of time training my little service dog. Her name is Chi and she is a Shih Tzu. I am deaf and she is in training to help me notice things and people. She wakes me up in the morning, alerts me to noises like the doorbell and also lets me know when people are around me when I don’t see them. These are a few of the things that she is in service dog training to learn.

I also intend to do volunteer work. Since I do not hear, I am struggling to find volunteer work that is meaningful to me. I feel very intensely about animals, especially dogs. I am planning to look into volunteer work that involves dogs and/or other animals. Chi is also in training to be a therapy dog. She is currently completing her therapy dog training in a local hospital. We go to the hospital where she wears a scarf instead of her service dog vest. She sits patiently while being loved on. It is uncanny how she know the difference between playful with me and being calm with the patients. Dogs are so much smarter and sensitive than we realize.

These are just a few of my birthday thoughts. I just want my remaining years to be healthy as possible, joyful and helpful.

One thought on “Birthday Thoughts

  1. Happy birthday, Jan. I really wish you many more years to come and that all your wishes come true. Your thoughts inspired me, to think about my life, and reflect past years, although I am „only“ 55. There might be some years ahead, but not being healthy wouldn‘t be worth it. And just more work to do, wouldn’t help either to become satisfied about the own life. So it is nice, that you want to train your and maybe other dogs and animals. Wishing you all the best,


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