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{September 24, 2011}   Goodbye 27, Hello 28!

Today I say Goodbye to 27 and Hello to 28. It’s always a surreal feeling as an adult to go from one age to the next. I feel like I have just barely begun to say my age is 27 instead of 26 and now I will again have to relearn my age. 27 seemed scary at first, but then I grew to love the number and the age. Now I am 28 and I don’t feel any different….I remember as a kid the day I started thinking there would be this physical as well as mental reaction to aging. Like your birthday would arrive and you would actually be able to feel your body’s time clock move up a year. I quickly learned this was not the way life works. It was the first of many lessons I would learn.

When I went from 25 to 26, I came to terms with the fact that I was now over the quarter century mark. Part of me hated it but I have to also appreciate it because there are so many who do not even make it halfway to that point. I’m incredibly lucky to be within 2 years of turning 30. We ALL are lucky to be the age we have made it to, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have those moments where we think, “Oh, I am so old!”. I won’t lie and say I haven’t thought of being so close to another start in a decade of my life as a frightening thought, but I will say I am getting good at quickly redirecting that thought into being thankful for making it thus far.

For me, this moment feels like saying goodbye to a close friend I have hardly got the chance to know. I met 27 with some trepidation, grew to love her and wanted to spend the rest of my life getting to know 27 better. Sadly, the time flew by and my friend must now go into my memory where I can remember her but never again live IN that moment.

Hello to my new friend, 28….I have less trepidation this time around thanks to the greatness of 27, but it will still take time for me to feel close to you. There are guaranteed to be times in the first month or two where I mistake you for my old friend and then remember, you are not her, you are not 27, you are 28. But I will eventually get close to you, possibly even more so than I did with 27 and I will cherish those moments while they are around. Just around the corner I know you, too, will be gone for good and another number will replace you as it has for many years now.

Goodbye 27, it was nice knowing you! Hello 28, nice to meet you! 🙂

{February 6, 2010}   Growing up is hard to do

It’s the morning of September 24th, 2009 and I wake up for my normal morning routines (I don’t think you need a play by play here, do you?).  As I look in the mirror, I think about how today is my 26th birth…..CUT!!!!!!!!

WHOA! 26th? Me, 26? How am I 26? I distinctly remember at 25 that I told myself I was going to just stay at 25. Turning 26 is a violation of my promise that I would not get any closer to 30. Ewww…..just looking at the number makes me feel sick. But here I am, almost 5 months into my 26th year. How did I get here so soon? It feels like yesterday that I was 21.

In all honesty though, I never originally wanted to be 18….everyone I know can see how THAT worked….I am clearly and visibly older than 18. But while a majority of kids at home were contemplating the magic age of 18 and leaving mommy and daddy and getting their own place, I suppose I was a bit abnormal. I always told everyone I knew that while they couldn’t wait to grow up that growing up was yucky. You had to pay bills, pay for your own food, a place to stay…..It was not as easy as everyone is making it out to be. Yes, I said that as a little kid. How did I know that being an adult was so hard?  Well….I could see adults around me everywhere, hear them talking and I guess I actually heard what they said and I figured it out. I KNEW as a kid that being an adult was something that sounded very difficult and I was perfectly fine with staying a kid and making a permanent home with my parents.

Which is why when I turned 18, I was in no rush to leave the comfort of home. And you wouldn’t believe the amount of people after I turned that age that were all pestering my mom about me needing to get a job and move out. I see some parents that do that, rush their kids out and I am extremely thankful my parents didn’t do that with me. My mom is different too, like me…She was fine with the idea of me forever living with her.  And I did up until I got married. I know that day was hard for her because my mom WAS different. My mom doesn’t enjoy having a house with just her and my dad. She misses me there, I know. And I miss seeing my mom all the time. Call me a baby, if you will.

Now that I am…26….ugh…..some may wonder since I knew at a young age that being an adult is harder, Do I now think it was harder than I ever imagined then? You may think I am a liar but no.  It is AS hard as I always envisioned it to be, the whole paying bills and scrounging for money, getting by just barely. I saw THAT coming, maybe it was intuition, I don’t know.  What I didn’t see about growing up back then is the little details that no one can possibly know. Like the fact that marriage is hard, but I did not know WHO I was going to marry when I was little, so there are difficulties I didn’t envision because of who I did marry. Living with a bipolar husband is hard to do and maybe in another blog I will discuss that more. I didn’t know that I was going to be diagnosed with thyroid disease as an adult and have problems as a result of that.  I didn’t know as a kid that when I grew up the economy would be so messed up and I would have such trouble finding a job…..

So yes, I KNEW from a young age that being an adult was difficult, BUT I never knew then all the little extra details that would be thrown in to make it that way. And no matter how hard you prepare for anything in life, you can’t possibly know all the things your life has in store for you.  Some things are great, some things are tragic, it’s a very bumpy ride, sometimes it feels like there’s more bumps than smoothness, but you have to hold on tight and try to not fall out too soon. Because there is the sad part…….sometimes your ride might end too soon.

I remember something the choreographer for A.C. Singers told me once when I asked her about aging. She said that you should be happy about getting older because some people aren’t afforded that blessing. Some people’s rides eject them too soon. 😦

Back to the morning of September 24th, 2009. I look in the mirror and grimace because I realize I am 26 then I think about people I knew that never hit that milestone. With tears soon to emerge, I look again and give thanks. It’s not just my 26th birthday and not just that I am 26. Today, I can say……I made it to 26.

Growing up IS hard to do but I wouldn’t exit this ride for nothing.

et cetera
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