How a Birthday Inspired Me to Create This Site

I attended the 60th birthday of my friend, Chris Spicher, last week, and I was thrilled to sit down with his mother, Gloria Spicher, a vibrant 84-year old mother of two who just happens to be the inspiration for this blog site.I met Gloria six or seven years ago in Lancaster, Calif., but it wasn’t until I was going through a divorce years later that I truly experienced the power of her gift to me. It was Gloria’s 80th birthday, and Lors Spicher, Chris’ wife, had invited me to the party. My first response was, “You’re kidding me. I thought she was about 66!”

Now I knew that I wouldn’t know many people, but what else did I have to do? After all, I was still licking my wounds over my divorce and trying to figure out how to hobble through the rest of my life since it was widely known that men don’t date women at the ripe old age of 44 and my best years were obviously behind me. So I went.

Most of the people at the party were over 70. One gentleman was 93. Gloria looked lovely as always in her quiet, warm, somewhat shy manner. I sampled some of the bountiful buffet and eavesdropped on several conversations. One couple in their 70s shared how they had just completed a bicycle trip across the United States, 500 miles every year, each year picking up from where they left off the year before. Another gentleman was on his way to Africa. Gloria and her other friends discussed previous hiking trips and future walks.

That’s when it hit me. These people weren’t old in the traditional sense. They weren’t hanging out in rocking chairs and complaining about their aches and pains. They were vital, happy individuals, living their dreams and enjoying life to the fullest. They had goals, plans and active, healthy lifestyles. Suddenly I realized how young they were and consequently how young that made me.  There was so much life still ahead of me as long as I maintained my health and the right mental attitude.

I left the party on Cloud 9, feeling like I had just graduated from high school with my entire future ahead of me. I realized that I was barely at the halfway mark of my life; forget about being over the hill. How foolish it all seemed in retrospect, but it took a roomful of positively old role models to knock me out of my funk. Thank you to each and every one of you, and to Gloria, who was the reason for the get-together in the first place.

If you’ve had an epiphany like this, particularly while celebrating your own or someone’s else’s birthday, we’d love to hear about it.

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6 Responses to “How a Birthday Inspired Me to Create This Site”
  1. The Spicher Family is truly an inspirational positive life force that effects me everyday. Chris has become my hero. 54 years young myself I have been touched by his caring spirit I have come to understand not only love for one another but also for myself. I also was at Chris Spicher’s 60th Birthday party. Here is the Video we created out of love for Chris http://www.ilivetoday.com/video/chris-spicher-60th-birthday

  2. If we’re still here, we have purpose and destiny!

  3. Chris Calaba says:

    I’ve known and admired Gloria for a few years. I’ve always been struck by her classiness ( she doesn’t think so, but I
    do ), her great smile and humility. I have many more great adjectives in mind that I could use in describing her. My contact with her has actually been very limited and wish I had more. Chris is truly lucky to have her for a mother ! Lors is truly lucky to have her for a mother – in – law !

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