December 20, 2006

Birthday Musings

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.

26 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Jen! I hope you have a very lovely day.
    I'm 36 next time too. I hated turning 35 so I think I need a bit of your optimism!
    Love the little cakes by the way. They're very pretty.

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  2. Happy birthday, Jen! Here's hoping it's as special as you are.

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  3. Sending Happy Birthday Wishes to you!

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  4. Well said. I am one who, like you, is not afraid of doing what we're supposed to with birthdays - celebrating! We have such a backwards culture that fears aging, and frankly, I've never understood it. There's so much to be gained from going through time and learning from life. And, there are so many people in the world who are sick and would love more time. So how can we not celebrate our biggest personal milestone every year. We are so lucky to have one!

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  5. Well, that is just lovely and very well said! What a blessed outlook you have, sure it is contagious! I need to be more like that! Thanks for a dose of "this is the way God intended us to be, so be that way!"...Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday!

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  6. Happy Birthday Jen! I love this quote from Sophia Loren “There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love” So true.

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  7. I love this post. HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you! Hope your day is fabulous!!!!

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  8. Happy Birthday! Great attitude and really great looking cupcakes! Yum!

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  9. Happy Birthday Jen!
    I hope you it was truly special ~ just like you!
    xo,
    Kim

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  10. Happy Birthday!A great attitude!

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  11. Hope you had a Happy Birthday!
    Being in my 40's is pretty good too!

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  12. Happy Birthday! I'm in my 50's and never felt better or was happier. So look forward to the future.

    Chris

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  13. A very Happy Birthday to you!
    Love the cupcakes! :)

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  14. Happy Birthday... you are just a babe !

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  15. Hi Jen! My birthday was on Tuesday...Dec. 19th. I turned 33. Happy Birthday to a fellow Sagi! I still can not post on Kristi's site. I don't have a clue why, I think it is something to do with internet explorer.. I am gonna start my own blog so I can at least share pictures. I feel so lonely not being able to post. I got your email and should be able to send them now. Can I get your addy again? cherry1928@earthlink.net cherry

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  16. happy birthday, jen. and, yes, 36 will be your best year. good for you :)

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  17. Hope you had a happy day chickadee and many many more to come.
    RaNae

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  18. Happy Birthday - 36 always sounded like a magic number to me.

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  19. ohhh Happy Happy Birthday Jen! ( a little late)

    Wishing you the Best year ever!!

    So happy to have found your blog!!

    Best Wishes!!
    xoxo Jenny

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  20. Jen, just popping in before the weekend to say, Merry Christmas!

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  21. Thank you all, my friends for your sweet birthday wishes! And to those of you older, wiser and better, thank you for the encouraging words!

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  22. I'm wishing you a happy belated birthday dear Jen!

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  23. Happy Belated Birthday :) I really hope you got to enjoy those gorgeous cupcakes... they look almost too beautiful to eat! ;)

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