Happy Birthday to Me


So I’ve never been one of those people who hates birthdays, or lies about her age, or who counts down toward the day with blood-pressure pills or anything. Not normally, anyway. 

But this year … I think I’m feelin’ it. I think I’m starting to become one of those people. Not too happy about the birthday this year for some reason.

So I decided to try to cheer myself up with some quotes. I asked people what their favorite “getting older” quotes were, and they came back with some good ones. Now I have to decide if I’m in this feel-good camp, where I believe these:

  • I’m old enough to know what I’m doing and young enough to enjoy it! (thanks @babysarms!)
  • It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years. (thanks, @HILLontherun)
  • The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded upon a fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older. – William Phelps
  • It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides. – George Sand

Or if I’m in the down-on-birthdays, starting-to-feel-really-old camp, because I found all these to ring reeeeeeeelly true:

  • The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.  ~Jerry M. Wright
  • They say that age is all in your mind.  The trick is keeping it from creeping down into your body.  ~Author Unknown
  • Middle age is having a choice between two temptations and choosing the one that’ll get you home earlier.  ~Dan Bennett

How about you? How do you handle birthdays? With aplomb? Or with dread?

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6 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me

  1. Happy Birthday Laurie! Those quotes are all good ones – I like the inspirational ones, but feel like the others seem more apparent! I do believe that we are as old as we feel, but some days you just feel your age =) I don’t really care if people know my age and I usually enjoy my birthdays too, it is nice to have people think about you on a special day! I do think however, that the eyes start to go as we age so that we can’t quite see how bad gravity is taking over the body!! I hope you enjoy this special day!!!

  2. First I want to wish my BEAUTIFUL wife a very happy birthday!
    You are more beautiful than the first day, 31 years ago, I ever laid eyes on you in that McDonalds with that evil boyfriend…but I digress….
    Seriously sweetheart,I eagerly look forward to growing old with you and I hope that your birthday and this new year bring you all the happiness in the world.
    I love you Laurie!

  3. Thanks, Debi and Chris! (And I love that line, Debi — that the eyes start to go and we can’t quite see how bad it really is!!! ha!) Thanks to you both for such nice greetings. And Chris, you always mean more than you could know. …

    It actually turned out to be a GREAT day — lunch made by the kids, dinner out with the family, roses on the table, Superman and the kids ordered me a new license plate for my wheels, we listened to a new Jack Johnson CD they all got me for the car — it was fun! : ) And my parents came over a couple nights before with a homemade cake with my mom’s great frosting — that was fun, too.

    So now — onward for another year! 🙂

  4. That sounds like a perfect day, so glad you enjoyed it! Oh, and I have seen the Ford Edge now, it’s really nice!

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