Celebrating a Half-Century Birthday in Sweden

A Half-Century Birthday in Stockholm, Sweden | OMventure.com

After planning for nearly a year to be in Sweden for my half-century birthday, I felt so fortunate to wake up in Stockholm.  Flowers and some of my favorite food—garbanzo beans mixed with fresh dill, sliced cucumbers, and walnuts on the side—made me smile.

 

A Half-Century Birthday in Stockholm, Sweden | OMventure.com

A certain someone also surprised me with some very special gluten-free, sugar-free, and plant-based chocolate raspberry balls for breakfast dessert (it seems unreal that such food exists).

 

A Half-Century Birthday in Stockholm, Sweden | OMventure.com

Then we walked about, on a much desired photo tour, throughout the neighborhood.

 

A Half-Century Birthday in Stockholm, Sweden | OMventure.com

Which led to an ancient church, where the candles alone felt like a celebration of life (are there really 50 little candle holders there?).

 

A Half-Century Birthday in Stockholm, Sweden | OMventure.com

Which led to an amazing veggie restaurant, Herman’s, (where nearly everything was also gluten-free).  It was a stunning feast.

 

A Half-Century Birthday in Stockholm, Sweden | OMventure.com

And, humorously, even though I mindfully prepared for this half-century birthday, as soon as the clock ticked me into this new year, tears filled my eyes and rolled down my cheeks.  I seriously wanted to go home and curl into the fetal position.

I had no idea that I would feel this type of sadness at the precise moment I would leave my 40s and begin my you-know-what's.  I can't even say that word!  And while I was in public, no less.  It is a shock, that number.  So (mindful moment alert) I allowed myself to breathe and to just feel it.

Then, a certain someone surprised me with freshly baked (gluten-free!) carrot cake, vegan ice cream, and a present (which, of course, made everything all better).

XO