Wednesday, May 18, 2011

When Are We Old?

I turn 31 today--officially into my 30's. Last year was a graceful entrance into a new decade, because hey--it's cooool to celebrate milestones.

But I'm not wincing too bad, since I'm thankful that I am able to celebrate my life. We forget too often how precious it really is. Sure, I feel like I'm approaching that age where things are more delicate as far as health and needing to pay a little bit more attention to the aches and pains. But I don't feel old, mentally at least :)

Yes, I have matured. Ive learned lessons and grown from experiences but I catch myself feeling like my inner voice (what, you don't have a little voice that talks to you?!) is still 18...still that eager young girl wanting to reach new heights, experience new things, set new goals.

So if I'm 31 in human years but feel 18 in my mind, when do I officially feel old?

I guess it's all relative, huh? Seems like when you enter your 50's people say, "Oh 50 is the new 40!" and so on--so Im hoping that trend continues as I age! Then at least I'll always average about 30 in my mental age, and I can handle that :)

And since I've started this blog, I can definitely see the way that just the past 4 years have helped me grow...

May 18, 2007
May 18, 2008
May 18, 2009
May 18, 2010

This year I find myself enjoying a week away with just Mook...thankful we are able to spend some time together after the challenges of this year. Also giving us time to be thankful for the little boy we get to go home to, and talking about what other steps we can begin to take for our family.

So while I won't say I'm feeling old, I will be sure and take a deep breath in order to blow out all the candles. I hope you all will enjoy a piece of virtual cake I made sure to bring with me--no calories, I promise!

30 comments:

  1. Happy, happy birthday to you sweet friend! I hope your day is full of fun and margaritas!

    Thank you for being such an awesome support to me and so many others!

    Love you!
    xo

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  2. Happy birthday! I hope your having a fabulous time.
    I'm 32 but still feel young(I have so many things to do still!). My dad still says that he feels like he is 19 and he's turning 70, and my great uncle, who lived to be 104 never felt old... It's all in our mind!

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  3. Wishing you a marvelous 31st! May it be spectacular!

    For what it's worth, I'm a decade ahead of you, about to turn 41 later this month, and I still feel 18 in my head too. It's all relative!

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  4. Happy birthday!!! You are definitely not old! :)

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  5. Happy Birthday, JJ! Hope you have a great week with Mook!

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  6. Happy birthday. Hoping your time with Mook is fantastic. Thanks for being so great to us all. Big birthday hugs!

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  7. Happy Birthday!
    I keep wondering when I feel like an adult? Unfortunately, it is more and more frequent these days when I am NOT the "young" person in the room. That is totally cramping my style.

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  8. Happy happy birthday, JJ. I'm so glad I joined your ride when you were a mere child of 27 :-).

    I'm wondering about the answer to your questions. I guess, when we concede we are.

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  9. Happy Birthday! You don't look a day over 21. I hope you enjoy your special day!

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  10. Happy birthday! I promise, the 30's are great!

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  11. Happy Birthday!!! You are most definitely not old yet. I have to say, chasing a toddler at 40 makes me feel a bit old, lol.

    I love the comparison between the four blog posts!

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  12. Happy birthday JJ. I hope you are having a great time with your husband. I am loving the 30s, even though the past 2 years have not been too kind with me. I assure you, 30s are the new teens! HUGS

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  13. I'm about to be thirty and I am wondering if it will be the decade where I don't feel like I am pretending to be an adult. I doubt it.

    Happy birthday!

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  14. Happy Birthday Sweetie! Enjoy your time away with Mook!

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  15. Happy Birthday! To a kid who's always a kid!

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  16. I'm all about my 30's. There is something vastly more settling in this decade. When I was 20-something, I would have rolled my eyes to hear that, but it's true.

    Happy birthday to you!!!
    xoxo

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  17. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
    i puffy heart you.

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  18. Happy Birthday!! If you're old, I'm old because I turned 31 on the 2nd. :-)

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  19. Happy birthday, enjoy! :-)

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  20. Happy Birthday JJ!

    I'm 10 yrs older than you and, the vast majority of the time, I still don't feel old.

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  21. Happy Birthday! 31 is a great age!

    You'll know when you're old...it will be something like pulling a muscle and having it hurt for 4 days instead of overnight. Or when you hit 40 and suddenly can't read small print any more - overnight. (Apparently overnight figures heavily into my feelings of old) I'm almost 42 and I'm definitely not mature yet. :)

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  22. You know you are Old when you have a Legacy! So glad you were born ;) Happy Birthday

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  23. Happy Birthday my sweet friend. I hope you had a great day! xo

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  24. I'm a day late, but that doesn't decrease my virtual celebratin'.

    I hope that day was marvelous and that you were able to celebrate doing something that makes you very happy.

    Cheers friend!

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  25. You are SO NOT OLD!!!!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (All year long) to one of the most gorgeous women I know, inside and out!!!!
    xoxoxo

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  26. Happy belated Birthday! I hope you're not considered old. I just turned 40 this year and I don't feel old at all!

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