"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming ~ "WOO HOO, what a ride!"
You know what this Saturday is? It's February the 7th, which also means that it's my birthday! I was born Feb. 7, 1969. This is 2009. So, that will make me 40. Wow. It didn't really hit me until my best friend from high school had her birthday in December. When I realized that this crazy, fun friend with whom I shared so many good times was turning 40, it just didn't seem right! I know we still feel 18...on the inside, anyway. We were "big-hair" friends of the 80's who worshiped Duran Duran. We went roller skating together. She and I spent several nights at each other's homes. And, here she was 40 years old! Well, I'll be hitting it wide open this Saturday. I'm not real sure how I feel about it. I guess such is the way of life. After all, isn't 40 the new 30?! I have had a decent life thus far. It hasn't always been easy. But 40 finds me with a marriage that has lasted 21 years, three teenage sons (who are basically good kids), a college degree, a good job, a few close friends, and a wonderful extended family in my in-laws. So, I guess 40 isn't all that bad. But I do have an out. See, my first son, Justin was born February 7, 1989... on my 20th birthday. So technically, since he took my birthday away, I am still 19. But, I guess that doesn't make a lot of sense since he will be 20 on Saturday. Having a 19 year-old mother when you are 20 just doesn't add up. Well, I tried, anyway. I'm just gonna be fabulous and 40. So, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! Here's to the next 40 years...
Here's a little list that I have compiled. Even though it will be Saturday before I turn 40, I am already feeling the effects. So here are a few observations:
YOU KNOW THAT YOU'RE 40 WHEN:
1. The reading glasses in the drug store don't look so dorky anymore.
2. You start caring less and less about almost everything.
3. When you gotta go, you better go right then!
4. You forget the names of your children when you are calling them. (Just like you made fun of your parents for doing!)
5. You hear ‘Get into the Groove’ on the oldies station and remember dancing to it when it first came out.
6. You fall asleep during movies.
Now, it's your turn! Help me celebrate my birthday by adding to my list. I look forward to your responses.