Milestone birthdays can sometimes be met with a sense of trepidation, but not for Doddie Weir, who will celebrate his 50th birthday on Saturday.
It is a milestone that must have seemed far in the distance when he was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease – which has an average life expectancy of between one and five years – shortly before Christmas in 2016.
Doddie is fighting the disease more now, by how own admission, but is still able to get up and down the stairs at his home unaided.
Unsurprisingly, he’s still enjoying life and has a positive outlook, not least when it comes to his celebrations this weekend.
COVID-19 has put paid to plans for an extravagant celebration – for now at least – but Doddie is looking forward to spending his milestone day with his family.
“I’ve taken the attitude of enjoying every day and I think that’s allowed us to be here with the team we’ve got behind us as well,” he said on a recent My Name’5 Doddie Foundation Dodcast, hosted by foundation CEO Jill Douglas.
“Unfortunately, we’ll just be able to celebrate with the family because I’m still a vulnerable person and in Scotland, we’re in lockdown until the end of July.
“I’ll save a few pennies with the wife and kids round the table with a fillet steak and a bottle of wine.”
Weir knows that Saturday marks a landmark that he set out to reach some time ago, as those who’ve watched the BBC documentary One More Try will know all too well.
“It is quite a major milestone – thinking three-and-a-half years ago ‘am I going to make it, am I not?’,” he added.
“If I get my birthday out the way, the next goal I’ve got is to stay around for Kathy’s birthday – she’s 50 in October.
And Doddie, a British and Irish Lions tourist to South Africa in 1997, has set his sights on returning when the Lions tour next summer.
“That’s the next goal,” he told friend and former team-mate Carl Hogg.