Growing Older. Get There.

posted by on 07/31/2012 | 158 comments (leave one of your own)

Let’s talk about getting older. Specifically, let’s review how I feel about getting older. Despite this photograph being taken almost 35 years ago, I sort of feel like this:

That’s me on the left. My mother took my sister and me to have our photograph taken to document the fact that we had just turned 18 months old.

And I was thrilled. Clearly. (Trust me, I’m sure I was crying over aging, it couldn’t have possibly been from being forced to wear those red knee socks.)

On the day I turned 29, I remember going to eat my birthday meal with my mom and my soon to be husband and my daughter at a hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant. After we finished up, we drove my mother to tour the hospice facility to where my father would transition the very next day.

My father passed away just one week after turning 57, which also happened to be four days after I turned 29. He passed away from pancreatic cancer, seven years ago yesterday.  The moral of that story? He smoked cigarettes for many years prior and well, it cut his life very short. It also made me really appreciate each and every birthday.

I recently turned 36 and I am only slightly concerned about aging. I mostly worry about what it is going to do to my neck and how to prevent it, but growing older doesn’t really scare me (just my neck) like it used to.

The way I look at growing older now? I see it as BRING IT ON, BIRTHDAYS. Because the alternative to not growing older? I’m not really into it. At all.

Every single day that goes by means I get to see my children grow up, and hopefully, I do not screw it up. I mean, I could really do without the random chin hairs that just seem to pop out at the most inconvenient times (whenever I am not at home near tweezers) and how I would love to rock out a bikini like I did in my younger days, but man, my neck is looking okay and here’s to 36 and many more to come.

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What about you? How do you feel about growing older?

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