I am the new face of 36. This is something I have been saying about myself for several years now on my birthday (adjusting the age, of course). I say it to remind me, and everyone around me, that your age is truly what you make it. That I can choose to be anything I want at any age. I can choose to resent getting older or I can embrace it and be grateful for the experiences I have had and the lessons I have learned so far in life that have made me the person I am.
Certainly I am older than I once was, but I am also smarter. Certainly my body is different than it once was, but I am much more comfortable with it now, imperfections and all. Certainly I have to work harder to do some things, but I also value things more that I have to work for.
I prefer to focus on haves than nots. I am admittedly an eternally optimistic person. This bothers some people. I hope it never changes. The other day I told my 13 y.o. dd Maddie that I think 36 is going to be my best year yet. She said that I said that about 35. Well, I was right then & I hope I'll be right this time too.