I turned 29 yesterday, and it was the first year that I felt sad that I was getting older. What age
did you start to dislike birthdays (if ever)?
I'm 51, and it hasn't happened yet. There was a big change when I turned 50. I stopped thinking in terms of "what do I want to do this year?" Now I'm thinking, what do I want to do in this decade?" I'm in the 2nd year of a 10-year plan for writing, serving, and enjoying life, and loving it.
I still love birthdays - it means a dinner out at a restaurant we don't think we can afford - next is 82.
@SidKemp: you hit the nail on the head - 'service'. You will meet more gracious people; enjoy everyone more; and all the other parts of your plan will fall into place. And forget 10 years - you won't be able to stop there. Good Luck!
I really disliked my seventeenth birthday, I'm not sure why but it was the first time I realized I'd one day be forty, but for now, I fear the dreaded thirty.
I'll be 48 this year and age has never bothered me. I think people need to ask themselves why age matters? If they are afraid of not being able to do some things as they get older, then plan on doing them now. We could all die at any moment so I don't think it should be looked upon like a "life countdown"?? When you are younger you think certain ages are "old" but then you get there and don't feel any different, at least thats me.
35, because that's the age Dante begins the Divine Comedy, "in the middle of this journey we call life." (He's basing it on the line from Psalms that three score and ten is the time of man on this earth, and half of that is 35. And yes, I read way too much literature in high school and college.)
I shrug off birthdays except as a way to appreciate my friends and to appreciate this life. The expression, "continuation day" (which I think is Vietnamese) is particularly nice since there's no longer monumental marks in your life but just points when you can pause and appreciate things.
My best years have been in my 50's, even though it's not been an easy decade as far as finances go. But I'm comfortable in my skin and I experience daily the lushness of everyday life. I value myself far more than I did when I was younger, and there's still so much to do! I look at life as more of an adventure now. As long as I have my health and my mind, there is always hope and a way to have a beautiful and productive life. Besides, we live longer and are younger longer now. I know people in their 60's that easily pass for 40.
I used to dislike birthdays. When I was 29 I dreaded my 30th birthday. Omg, 30 was old!
And then 39 came so fast, that I almost had a whiplash. Omg, 40 was middle age, assuming of course studies were correct in that life expectancy for women was 81!
49 was hell, because the next year I would turn 50, and that was ancient! But 50 came and went, and I still look and feel good. What da? All these time I was so stressed about getting old. When is old? I'm not there yet!
Now, I celebrate my birthdays with gusto. I celebrate life everyday. Everyday I thank God for giving me another wonderful day to live, even if it wasn't that wonderful. Life is good!
btw, Belated Happy Birthday, DowntroddenInDC!
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