What? Who said that? Oh yeah, me. I’m turning 40 today. Whoop whoop!
Growing up with a birthday that’s a day after Halloween, and also a Catholic holiday, stunk for two reasons: One, no one wanted any of my birthday cake because they OD’d on sugar the day before. Two, I had to attend church every year on my birthday because it was All Saints Day. BORING!
Now, as an adult, it still kind of stinks because everyone parties on Halloween night making my birthday an official hangover day. I don’t think there has been a birthday yet where I haven’t cried. I’m hoping the big 4-0 will be the best yet.
Through the years I’ve heard old people say, “time goes by so fast” and “I don’t feel like my age.” Sadly, I am now one of those old people. Being the curious person I am, who always likes to dive deeper into self-realization, I thought I would open up about my own fears about aging so we can all look at them and make fun of them together.
Turning 40, I noticed I’m in the midst of a minor mid-life crisis. I bought a sports car, started dating young guys and I’m twirling glow sticks at night clubs with kids that could be my own if I had one in my youth. I know it’s stupid, but I’m not alone. I just notice I’m taking on the characteristics of a 40-year-old guy’s mid-life crisis, not the typical girl kind.
I also notice that even though you do your best to stay in shape and keep your butt as tight as possible, there is not much you can do about skin. If I could take back all those spring break years in Daytona Beach, Florida, I would. What the heck was I thinking, lying out on top of tin foil with baby oil all over my delicate Irish skin? I was nuts!
Some other fun aging things I can throw out there are: saggy boobs, receding gums, back pain, wrinkles, poor eyesight and muscle loss. Are you youngsters excited to turn 40?
Surprisingly, I am. Even though age comes with morbid conditions, I must say, it’s worth it for the wisdom that you gain. Sounds a little yoda-ish, but all the years of self- realization and work I’ve done on myself makes me ok with where I’m at in my life. I know who I am, I work my ass off to provide for my boy, I have an amazing son and we are both healthy. What better present can I possibly ask for?
Okay, Bradley Cooper in my shower right now would be a pretty awesome birthday gift. Nonetheless, I’m happy to be 40 today!