So while Wayne was driving, I was catching up on email, blogs, FB, & Twitter. I found THIS great article on FB and although parts of it were bittersweet, most of it was dead on. I use to not do well with age. I remember being so, so depressed when I turned thirty. Finally, a sweet friend I worked with set me straight and said, "Laura, just think of the alternative. Just think if you were no longer here." Lydia made me realize how shallow I had been and so now, I really CELEBRATE my birthday! Wayne and Alise spoil me!! Birthdays are always a big deal in our house!
To all my over-40 reader friends, if you've got a few minutes, read the article and let me know your thoughts. I was so surprised to see how many on the list are really true for me. Here are a few of my comments:
#2 - I don't drink coffee so I wouldn't know what a killer cup tastes like.
#7 - I miss going out on NYE!
#10 - Who's kidding? It's STILL embarrassing!!
#15 - Who or what the heck is Didion?
#17 - I'll never ignore the trends.
#23 - This one totally cracked me up!! As much as I wanted to see Garth Brooks last month, we sat through most of the concert, but that's only because we had dead heads sitting around us!
#30 - I always drive 5 miles over the speed limit.
#39 - I still struggle with this one!
And YES! The best is yet to come!!
So yea! The big forty-two today and I'm excited about it!
It's crazy because I distinctly remember my dad's 42nd birthday. I was either fifteen or sixteen and my best friend and I made my dad a birthday cake. I remember we frosted the cake with white icing and made the numbers 4 and 2 out of blue candles. We lit the candles and sang, Happy Birthday. And I remember thinking, Gosh! My dad is 42 years old! Will I ever be 42? What will I look like? What will I be doing with my life? And now, today, I'm thinking about 1 Corinthians 2:9: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those that love Him."
God has truly blessed my life and more than I could have ever imagined. His dreams and plans for me have been bigger and far better than I ever thought possible.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!