“I’m celebrating the 5th anniversary of turning 29!”
Whenever I hear this, I always feel a bit…sad…for these women. I say women because I’ve never heard a man say this, or anything similar to this, or complain about a birthday or “being old.”
Except for my husband when he says things like, “I’m such an old man,” when he admits he’d rather be at home with me eating ice cream and watching How I Met Your Mother than out drinking and partying with The Guys. (Don’t tell The Guys.)
But that’s different, like my girlfriends saying they’re “Old Ladies” because they like to knit more than they like grinding up on strangers in dance clubs.
Why can’t they CELEBRATE their birthdays? I’ll admit, I haven’t been one to throw big parties for myself or make a big to-do about my birthdays, but I smile and add a number onto my age and enjoy every one of the next 365 days (you know, unless I’ve had food poisoning) until the next number gets added on.
A while ago, my oldest sister said something along the lines of, “Your 20s are great because you’re figuring out what you want in life, and you GO GET IT. But I’m really looking forward to my 30s, because that’s when you HAVE IT TOGETHER.” Now she’s been in her 30s for a little while, and she definitely has it together. She enjoys life and doesn’t look back, wishing she were younger. I admire that.
In 2 years I’ll be 30. Not “29 again.” I’m looking forward to it. Not as if anything will change on that date, but I’ll be a little closer to “having it together.” Maybe I’ll be a real grown-up, not a “young adult.” (Do you ever feel like you’re faking adulthood, playing house?)
Do you ever find yourself saying things like,
- Oh lord, another year older…*sigh*
- Enjoy it! College years are the best years of your life! (Really? I hugely disagree. And how sad would that be to never have a better year waiting for you in your future?)
- I’m 29 for the 5th time!
- I’m 29 for the 55th time! (Can you see how ridiculous this gets, when you deny, deny, deny?)
If so, maybe it’s time to examine your feelings about aging. Change your attitude.
Live vibrantly. Live well. Live.
For a long, long time. And enjoy it.
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