I need help with my... probably sample speech ...thanks.
A 60th Birthday Speech that analyses the hard times, turbulent periods, accomplishments, and milestones achieved.
Big support from friend of 27 years, married with grown up kids.
Some jokes included.
First of all, let me say thank you for celebrating with me this milestone in my life...and, by the way, I'm elated to be just standing here before you as all of us have lost loved ones younger than I. [smile and speak in a lighter tone] Now that we have acknowledged that I am "over the hill," I want you to know also that I had an epiphany recently about turning 60: whatever I was "going to be" I now am, whether that was less or more than I'd hoped. But, when I see all of you whom I cherish, I know I have, indeed, done something right; for I am rich, rich in friendship and love--and that is the greatest wealth. I am able take a hard look in the mirror and not be ashamed of what I see--except for the wrinkles.
The renowned Greek-American director Elia Kazan observed that unless people have had a major struggle in their lives, they can never grow and reach their potential as human beings. Not only that, he added, "You have to remind people of their own struggles. It's a responsibility." So right....it is, indeed, the hard times that have proved our mettle. But, oh, we cannot make it through these struggles without the support of friends, friends such as my beloved friend of 27 years, _________. [smile here] -------But, listen, don't remind me of my struggles tonight; we want to have fun!
To paraphrase Will Rogers, "Some people learn from reading, some from observation, but most people have to touch the electric fence with wet fingers to really get the message." Well, my fingers are dry now, and I feel I've learned a few things, and what I didn't learn so easily I learned from my children. Darn that DNA anyway. Why do they show us so often what we were and are? [smile, blow kisses if a mother] Love ya, kids!