Countdown to 40
Summer is still in full swing here in New England and my makeup/skincare routine have become just that, routine. So I thought I'd post every day until my birthday about some of the thoughts I've been having as I approach another important milestone.
I remember my very first post of 2016 which you can read about here, was about how I'd be turning 40 and now here it is right around the corner. Well, 27 days to be exact. Where has the time gone? Honestly I'm feeling quite good about it but of course that might change as I get closer to the actual date.
I keep asking myself what I want to do for my birthday. Unfortunately I hate surprises, or at least those that involve large groups of people so a surprise party is out of the question. That being said, I do believe that this particular milestone should definitely have it's day in the sun.
This year, like in previous years, my birthday falls on Labor Day. Having a birthday in the beginning of September has always been a challenge. When I was younger it was hard for my parents to plan because people were just coming back from summer vacation or going away for the long weekend and also school was starting. I can't tell you how many times my birthday fell on the very first day of school but somehow my parents always found a way to make it special.
I remember my parents hiring a clown or a magician to come to the house to perform and blowing out candles on my favorite Carvel ice cream cake donning my latest obsession (Barbie, Unicorns, Gremlins) And of course there was the opening of gifts and the handing out of goodie bags which I always looked forward to at other parties I attended. Back then people would dress up, girls in their ruffly dresses and patent leather shoes and boys with their vests and clip on ties.
Those were the bad old days!
You would think that as I got older the "fun" side of birthdays would fade but that hasn't been the case for me. I've never been one of those people who would sit there and roll their eyes and whine, "I can't BELIEVE I'm 25!" or "I feel so OLD!". No, I always looked at it as a day to recognize the fact that I made it through another year, sometimes a little worse for wear but for the most part unscathed.
As I prepare to enter into the next decade of my life I am feeling hopeful and grateful that I've come this far. My life is certainly far from perfect but I family and friends who love me, a successful career and two furkids who bring so much joy to my life. Not too shabby if I do say so myself.
Come back tomorrow as I reflect on memories of birthdays past.
Do you believe that age is just a number?