Tuesday, November 16, 2010

33



This is the first year since I can remember that owning up to my new age is no problem for me. I was always surprised at each birthday about my new number. "I can't believe I'm 12!" "I can't believe I'm 18!" "I can't believe I'm 30." This year? 33. I can totally believe it.

Funny how things that come up once a year end being good spots for comparisons. This time last year...this time 5 years ago...remember when.... I've noticed that I often compare myself now to younger versions of myself during Beach Weeks (this time last year I was so jealous of these moms with minivans). And I also tend to do that on my birthdays. This time last year I still felt 12. I felt 12 for around 20 years. And I'm both happy and sad to say that I don't feel 12 anymore.

I feel 33. I feel more responsible. I understand things better that used to leave me baffled. I feel like I can take on more. I feel like I can handle what's ahead. But, I also don't feel so carefree. Or impulsive. Or giddy. I have a little bit darker perspective on life. I sort of feel like a grown-up. ;) And even though this 33 me isn't so footloose and fancy free, I'm not sure I'd go back. In fact, sometimes I think I'm better than ever.

Turns out, aging is not so bad after all.




And birthdays are downright fantastic when there are little boys to get all excited about them. I made vanilla cupcakes yesterday and when Andrew got home from school we made and applied cherry frosting. Delicious!



Thanks for all your birthday wishes yesterday! I must say, I love soaking in birthday attention. Almost as much as I did at 12.

10 comments:

Ruth said...

33? You're still a youngster! The best is yet to come, believe me. (Comment left by a 42-year-old!)

Cat said...

I turned 40 this year and some of the time, I still wonder what I'll be doing when I grow up!

Rhona said...

Wait till you hit 40 and above - in fact I have two years till I hit 50! Life is full of ups and downs, we just have to learn to enjoy them all! xx

Cheryl said...

You have a pretty darn great life at 33. It may not be easy and you may not think it's perfection but those things are overrated. I enjoy reading your blog and your life looks pretty perfect to me! And you are amazing!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

aging is a good thing. It is much better than the alternative! :)

33 is about when I started feeling grown up too

Robyn said...

Wow Cheryl, thanks!

Melissa said...

I hear you!

Jiw said...

Happy, happy birthday my Internet friend!

Ladkyis said...

40 was fine, 50 was awful! 60 well that's good cos I am still here. As for feeling more grown up, when will that happen? So glad your birthday was a good one

Deb said...

Hey Robyn! Sorry I missed your day and am sending you birthday wishes just a little late. Sounds like you had a good day, and I love your perspective on being a certain age. I'll be 50 on my next birthday and that seems very surreal to me.

Enjoy your birth month!!! xo