Saturday, January 26, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me!

Today is my birthday and I am 46 years old. Last year I joked that I was halfway to 90. This year, I guess I'm more than halfway.

I'm proud of my age, proud of the things I've learned over the years. I'm glad that I'm not as self-destructive as I was in my twenties, glad that I'm less afraid than I was in my thirties. My forties have made me courageous. I am exploring new things, writing more, enjoying my life and my family.

I believe it's important to embrace getting older. We get older or we die, no alternative. I know that my years show. I see it in my face and my body. I will never again be the most beautiful woman in the room and I am really okay with that. I'll happily be the wisest woman in the room, the funniest woman, the friendliest, the most charming, the happiest. I'll take any of those.

I can stand in front of the mirror and I see all the wrinkles I've made over the years by smiling. My breasts no longer reside in the same zip code. I am softer and rounder than I was 10 years ago, but my legs can still walk as quickly as I could want. My arms are strong enough to hug and hold the people I love. My heart is looking with hope into the years ahead. From here, middle age is looking pretty good. Happy birthday to me.


  1. You are beautiful!!! Happy
    Birthday :-) I have the same attitude about aging. I'm going to link to your post because I think its a perfect description.

  2. Happy Birthday you gorgeous woman, you. You have beautiful eyes and great hair.

  3. Happy Birthday! I hope I can get to where you are wisdom-wise in the next three years.

  4. You are less than half way to 100! Happy Birthday!!

  5. Oh, happy belated birthday!! :)

  6. I missed this--a belated happy birthday to you! You are gorgeous--and even more important, you're an interesting, smart and funny woman! Just the kind I'd love to go out with for coffee!