Yup. Allllllllll day. And in case you feel awkward about asking, the magic number is 44.
I'm not really down with that. You know, it's not the number so much as it is how I feel and what I see when I look in the mirror. We bloggers joke around about selfies, but I don't take too many. They're just too damn close up. I try not to be all self-conscious and to age gracefully, but it's not working.
Replace "thighs" with "wrinkles / bags" and I am working on making this my mantra.
The pros about getting older? Things that I did not have going on when I was in my 20's?
- The ability to be even quasi-responsible with money (Although my husband might be coughing "Bullshit!" right now)
- Health / discipline - the thought of me running 11 half marathons and training for a full would be a completely foreign concept to 24 year old me. I probably would have been horrified.
- An appreciation for short men. Really short. At least for now. The older two are already gaining on me and may force me to look up to them soon. But I have a relatively new appreciation for fart jokes and gross stuff. And soccer.
- Curves. Yeah, there are some leftovers from "the baby" (who is now 6) that I would like to get rid of, but I'm a lot more filled out now than I was at 24 and 98 lbs. I'm bringin' booty baaaackkkk!
- I'm smarter. Sweet fancy Moses, am I smarter - about most everything.
So, there's all that.
What hasn't changed? The most important thing - friends. I may not be as close with the same friends through all these years, but from high school to now I have been blessed with absolutely amazing friends - BOATLOADS of them. We extroverts like to travel in packs and I have always been able to find My People. Fun people. Lord, have I had fun.
So, when I see the wrinkles, I keep reminding myself that they are there because I have laughed - A LOT. I've spent a good portion of my life loving "summer and sun and all things hot". So, I guess those wrinkles are the cost of being happy and having fun. That puts them a lot more in perspective. So, if they say that happiest girls are the prettiest, then I'm going to work on being able to get to this in the next year:
If you need me, I'll be off laughing with my friends and eating cake. Oh, sweet mother there had better be cake....