May 3, 2010

Reflections on Aging – Happy Birthday to Me

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Today I turn 41! Yes, I know. Hard to believe that this youthful beauty is a 40-something!  (did I make you choke?  Sorry!) It’s a bit of a bittersweet day though, because part of me is celebrating all the fabulous things that are still to come while I’m a bit sad that I can’t share it with my mom.

Deep breathe, I won’t cry…..

Holy Guacamole, I’m 41!  And if I had known that at 41 I would have such wonderful and fabulous friends all over the world I might have become 41 much sooner.

My hair is streaked with gray.  Each strand a symbol of my maturity (or my fear of getting my hair colored and it turning orange).  Each one speaks of a different experience that has shaped my life.  Several gray hairs are specifically attributed to missing my mom.  And many of them I blame on this blog I’ve had for only 4 months that has stressed me out because I want to be good at this despite my lack of tech knowledge and my deep-set need to write ‘perfectly’.  Some are there just to mock me and make me feel old.

I’m starting see wrinkles around my eyes.  I attribute it to all the smiles I’ve been able to share over the last 40 years.  I blame them on the tears I’ve shed for the sad times I’ve endured.  But I love each and every one of them because they make me who I am.  (I know, gag!, but I’m trying to age gracefully here.  So give me some slack.  It is my birthday after all.)

My spandex is being replaced by Spanx, which don’t laugh at me as I reshape my marshmallow-y body.  While telling myself that this is nothing compared to the stupid stuff I wore in the 1980s.  Although, that Wonderbra?  Well, it’s a wonder I ever wore that thing. I’ve heard that Spanx makes a bra called Bra-llelujah.  What an awesome name that is!  It’s like a choir singing the praises of the girls.  And I envision putting one on and little angles and pixies floating around my head telling me how awesome I look!  Sounds like a good gift for ‘the girls’ this birthday, doesn’t it?

But this birthday will be a lot different than those of my 30s.  And even last year turning the big 4-0.  It is during this past year that I’ve come to understand that age really is just a number.  Each birthday I’m given the opportunity to decide how that year will be lived.  I’m deciding that 41 is the Year of Awesome.

Welcome to the YEAR OF AWESOME!

Sara

{ 14 comments }

Amy @ Dealusional May 3, 2010 at 7:15 am

Happy birthday, Sara!

It was so nice meeting you this weekend! And how cool that you’re another homeschooler. We’ll definitely have to keep in touch and meet up again soon.

Melissa @SavingCentswithSense.net May 3, 2010 at 7:29 am

Happy Birthday Sara! 🙂

TracyC May 3, 2010 at 8:52 am

I hope you have a great birthday and I am proud to be your friend!

Sara May 3, 2010 at 10:09 pm

Tracy, Thank you for stopping by and sending me birthday greetings. I really appreciate all of your support.

Sara

Laura May 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

You are a totally awesome person and I’m so glad we met! Happy birthday and many, many more.

Sara May 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Laura,

Thank you for the birthday wishes. Definitely part of my Year of Awesome!

Love, Sara

Renae @ Madame Deals May 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fabulous day and a year!

Sara May 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Renae,

Thank you for the birthday wishes! I’m so glad you’re part of my Year of Awesome.

Sara

Star Forbis May 3, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Happy Birthday! If we’d have known, we would have sang “Happy Birthday To You” at Bloggy Boot Camp! Hope your having an incredible day! 🙂

Sara May 3, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Star,

So glad to meet you. I read your blog and I feel like I know you. Thank you for the birthday wishes. I didn’t want to take over Bloggy Boot Camp, although it did feel kinda like a very cool birthday party.

I did have an incredible day!
Sara

Honey May 3, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Happy Birthday Sara!

I am so glad that I met you. It has been really nice getting to know you. I turn 37 this month and I too realize that age is just a number, but life is what you make it.

Those gray hairs that you mentioned… my mom picked my first one off my head when I was nine and they have been coming ever since. I have gained many more of them in the past two years since the twins were born (they turn 2 this month also).

I hope you had a very Happy Birthday! I am truly sorry that your mom was not around to celebrate it with you.

Blessings
Honey

Sara May 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm

Honey,

Thank you for the birthday wishes. I’m so glad we met. We share our birth month? How cool is that!

Kindly,
Sara

The Stiletto Mom May 4, 2010 at 10:26 am

Happy Birthday Sara! 41 isn’t so bad, I did it 3 years ago and it was great! So glad you have declared it the Year of Awesome….hope it’s fantastic in every way! xoxo!

Sara May 4, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Dear TSM,

Thank you for your comment and for stopping by my blog. Thank you for the birthday wishes and the support for my Year of Awesome!

Sara

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