Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Privileges of Aging

Today is my birthday.

Birthdays used to bum me out. Getting older used to bum me out.  Until my mom died seven years ago. Ever since then, I've embraced aging. Not everyone has the honor and privilege of aging. This hit home once again for me this week. (See my previous post below.) Aging should be embraced and not something to be dreaded. There are so many great things about getting older.
  • I care much less about what other people think of me. It's freeing.
  • I have more money saved, so my life is more freeing. I don't worry about living month to month or losing my job.
  • Not caring about losing my job has actually allowed me to ENJOY my job very much. It is my CHOICE to be there at work.
  • I've got a ton of memories and photos to look back on.
  • I look good FOR MY AGE. Sometimes when people find out how old I am they are shocked. :)
  • I've mellowed a bit so that things bother me less now. I used to get worked up about everything.
  • My gray hairs are almost like highlights.  Almost.
  • You can start sentences like, "When I was your age..."
 I will have more photos and stories about my birthday in a later post this week. For now, enjoy this post by Todd last year on my birthday.  

And this photo and video from my 35th birthday surprise a few years back.




  1. Happy birthday! Hope you're having a great day!!

  2. Happy Birthday, Christine ... I have "highlights" in my hair too! ;-)

  3. happy birthday friend!!! i've turned my "highlights" into real highlights! and isn't it grand to be asian so we look younger than our real age??? can't wait until we can celebrate your birthday!! muah!

  4. Happiest of birthday wishes to you!! Love your thoughts and approach to aging. I like to think that we are all aging, but are we all "living"? You are definitely living!! Love your approach to life! And of course I adore all your work. Have a fabulous day, my dear!

  5. I didn't know you're this crazy! Wow, such a brave girl! And yes, there are many who wanted to age but couldn't. A good friend of mine wanted to see her then 2-years old and 4-years old children age, but she couldn't because of cancer. I don't say I love my gray hair, but I am certainly OK with my aging. Thanks for reminding me an important thing. Happy birthday. You rock!

  6. Happy Birthday, Christine.

  7. Yay Happy Birthday!!!! Birthdays are great because the alternative . . . . is not so good

  8. Happy Birthday, Christine!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day!

  9. Happy Belated Birthday! Mine is tomorrow!


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