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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

34? Here we go!

This is my last day as a 33 year old.  My husband tells me that tomorrow I enter my mid-30s.  Yikes.  

I love waking up and thinking, "today is my birthday!" and feeling the little butterflies of hope that today will be slightly different, because, well, today is MY day.  However, my general love of birthdays has decreased as I get older.  It may be because I have little children who don't care if it is my birthday and will blow out a swim diaper anyway (one of the most horrific things that can happen to someone, trust me) or because it just means that I am getting older and things are super different than they were when I was turning 10 or 16 or even 25.  No matter, I am going to enjoy tomorrow as much as possible and as my husband says, "the alternative to birthdays is not having one," and well, I am damn thankful that I still get to have them!

So, on the eve of my birthday, I thought I would mention a few things that I've noticed as I inch my way through the 30s.

1.  My joints hurt.  Not all the time, but a lot.  In the morning, after exercise, at night, after carrying children around...

2.  I rarely get embarrassed.  I think this is either because I am more self-assured and give myself a ton more grace than I used to -- or because I have seen it all as a mom and just don't have the energy to care.  However, I do experience from secondhand embarrassment quite often.

3.  I am pretty sure I am growing a mustache.  This did not happen in my 20s.  I have discovered how to remedy it and am researching how to age gracefully.

4.  I can't party.  I'm not even complaining about this one.  I value sleep so much that partying seems ludicrous  to me.  Even if I didn't have to get up at the crack of dawn with two little boys, my aging body can't handle the alcohol anymore.

5.  I realize that I don't connect with today's youth.  Like, what the hell do you get someone graduating from high school these days?  I didn't even have a cell phone when I went off to college and when I finally got one it was for the car ONLY.  Do they still use shower caddies?  What is cool?  I have no clue.  I recommend the movie 21 Jump Street for anyone in their 30s who wants to get an idea of how out of place you would feel at a high school today...also, I laughed my ass off.

I know that there are more, but these few came to mind as I ponder beginning the next year of my life.  I would love to hear what others have noticed as we all get older.      

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