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?