Today is my birthday. I'm not going to tell you exactly how old I am, suffice to say I'm old enough to know better but still young enough to ignore the warnings occasionally. I attribute my not-so-great-but-still-respectable age to a young at heart attitude and my habit of observing Happy Hour on a daily basis.

The civilized ritual of stopping work at a proper hour, enjoying friends and good conversation and sipping a cocktail or two relaxes the mind, allows time for laughter and helps to keep a balanced perspective on life. These are all touted as good medicine for a long life. The fact that having a little booze in moderation is now proven to be beneficial to your health doesn't hurt the equation either.

At this point in my life I am a devout believer in moderation in all things except, occasionally, moderation. Part of being young is indulging yourself, getting a little crazy and being passionate about something in your life and this doesn't have to stop as you pile up the years and the candles on your birthday cake.

Don't let a number take away your joy or dictate your life. Age, as they say, is all in the attitude. If you want to live longer then live! Get out there every day and do, dream, love and laugh....and have a cocktail at happy hour!

Today I plan on doing just that.

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