Turning 60 is a major milestone in a person's life. Honour this with a heartfelt sentiment on a greeting card. The sentiment deserves your sincere feelings or appraisal of the 60-year-old's life. That means you should tell the 60-year-old how you feel. If you're not usually emotional with the person, it's OK to make an exception for this very important occasion. If you're the 60-year-old's peer, it's OK to make a funny comment as long as you temper it with a sincere birthday wish as well.
Messages of Gratitude
The 60-year-old is an important person in your life. Thank her with a sentiment that explains in detail why you appreciate her. If she has done something for you, spell out how that has made a difference in your life. If she has taught you a lesson, write about what you've learnt. The important thing is to let her know how grateful you are that she has been here for 60 years and how much you'll be counting on her in the future.
Looking to the Future
The 60-year-old may be thinking he's older because of this milestone. Of course, he probably doesn't feel old in any way yet. Encourage this idea of youth by pointing out how much the 60-year-old has ahead of him. Tell him that you look forward to witnessing his next achievements. If you do any activities together, discuss how much fun it has been so far and how you're looking forward to the years ahead of shared enjoyment. If you've given him grandchildren, tell him what it means to you that he'll be there for them. The point is to let him know that there's much more living to do.
If you're a peer of the 60-year-old and you have the type of relationship that allows you to joke with him, tease him about being older. Tell him he doesn't look a day over 90. Tell him how proud you are to know a person who attended George Washington's inauguration or witnessed the passing of the dinosaurs. After you tease him about his age, make sure you compliment him on how his sense of humour keeps him young at heart and how much you'll always appreciate him -- no matter how old he gets.
When your own words fail you, look to famous quotations. To underscore the future, use Betty Friedan's line, "Aging is not 'lost youth' but a new stage of opportunity and strength," or George Santayana's quote, "The wisest mind has something yet to learn." To compliment the birthday girl, try Abigail "Dear Abby" Van Buren's fun line that "Some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place." Be sure to point out that the 60-year-old is definitely a good grape. Remember you can also look to the 60-year-old's favourite authors, playwrights or poets for quotes, especially contemporary writers. Consider Maya Angelou's line that life "is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."
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