Today is a landmark birthday for me. I have been very sad for weeks. I don’t like getting older. There is so much to do.

Two young women in the past four days reminded me that age brings great gifts. They regard me as a role model.

One said: “I think it’s awesome you’ve done all you’ve done. It makes me feel inspired, and you’re always the voice in the back of my head telling me to be strong even when things get rough, and making me feel better.”

What a great birthday present that will sustain me for another year. I am not sure who I will be professionally in four years when it’s time to leave the working world and go from who’s who to who’s she? I now know who I have become and I can hang on to that if my only horizon is to learn how to make wreaths out of macaroni.