Hey there! Did you miss me? This is where you lie and say “yes”, please. 🙂 And where I apologize for my absence. It was unplanned, but my blogging mojo disappeared on me, and I didn’t feel like forcing myself to write for the sake of posting. But I’m back now, with plenty of things to say, although today — it’s all about the funnies.
I turned 41 last month. Some days it astonishes me that I am in my 40s. That’s right — my 40s. How the heck did this happen? And other times, I feel 40+, which can be good and bad. I try to focus on the good as much as possible. And laughter certainly helps.
How It Feels to Be 41
It feels good when you can laugh and remember why you’re laughing.
Dude. Yes. To be fair, though, I always remember how old I am, but often forget what I’m supposed to be doing. You know, where you go into a room and can’t remember why. And stand around all confused. Yup, that’s me. I used to remember things without writing them down. Now my desk is littered with little post-it notes, which I keep misplacing. Sigh.
Ummmm … yeah. It’s not that I’m anti-social but sometimes … when I contemplate all the effort it takes to go out — showering, doing my hair, make-up, putting on something nice and so on — and then compare that to sitting on my sofa watching Murder She Wrote reruns … I don’t shed any tears if plans get cancelled.
Can I get an amen? It’s not that being an adult is awful — far from it — but it’s not exactly what I expected either. I thought it meant staying up late, eating whatever I wanted and no more “no’s”. I did (do) all those things and paid the price. Circles under my eyes. Poochy belly. Lots of crap I didn’t need. So not the glamorous life I imagined. 🙂 The good thing is you do figure it out (eventually) and outgrow it (sort of).
I deeply fear some day this may happen to me and I won’t be able to say “no”.
And yes, I would treat them like Gods.
No, I’m not ashamed. #CrazyCatLady 🙂
How do you celebrate turning another year older?
Well you know that I am *completely* down to watch Murder She Wrote reruns! Love me some Cabot Cove mysteries 🙂 By the way, all the funnies you picked are awesome but my favorite one was “When I was a kid, I wanted to be older. This $— is not what I expected.” Absolutely hilarious and right on point!!!
Happy belated birthday my friend!!!!
That’s right — you my Murder She Wrote buddy! I’ve also been watching too many of them because they are starting to repeat on me! 🙂 I love that funny too because it is so true!
The cat meme is the best!!!!
For me, my contemplation about turning older was gratitude. There have been so many tragic events and the senseless loss of lives. The Orlando massacre happened just before my birthday. When I looked at the list of victims, only two people were older than me. That meant 47 other innocent people didn’t get to live life as long as I did. So, I really tried to focus on gratitude and the precious gift of life.
It’s one of my faves too, although I do deeply fear that one day I may open the door to find a herd cats wanting me to adopt them. And I will! Gratitude is a great perspective for getting older. I imagine there were only 2 victims older than me too and that it is a humbling and sad realization. Life is precious and I am grateful to be here.
kathy @ more coffee less talky says
40 is the new 20!
things i can no longer do: stay up late, party, drink hard, eat crap. although being 40 is awesome, having a 40yr old body and metabolism sucks balls LOL
happy birthday; hope you had fun celebrating.
That’s right! 40 is the new 20 and some days I do feel like I’m 20. And some days my bones creak! I think the 40 year old body and metabolism is the worst part about being 40 and getting older in general. Otherwise, it’s not so bad. But the aging part does suck!
SMD @ Life According to Steph says
I hope you had a great birthday!
Thanks, Steph! I did! 🙂
Jenn @ Optimization, Actually says
Happy Belated Birthday! Last week I made all kinds of choices that the child me would have approved of. I made cake for no reason, and had liberal amounts of cheetos and fruit gushers. It was kind of awesome, but I’ll admit I’m a little tired of all the junk. When I was a kid I thought I’d have more time as an adult, without having to do school AND homework, but that turned out to be a joke. I did not know how easy I had it. I’m also getting more and more introverted. I can handle one social thing per week for maybe 4 consecutive weeks and then I’m totally burned out and don’t want to see anyone.
Thanks, Jenn! Every once in awhile you have to indulge the kid in you. It’s so funny how we think as kids that “big” means more free time, when the exact opposite is true. I definitely have gotten more introverted and fussy about how and with whom I spend my time with as I’ve gotten older too. It may make me a bit boring but I don’t mind.
Emma @Ever Emma says
Of course we missed you! Happy belated birthday! I’m scared to see what I’ll be like at 41, because I’m already forgetting things and love cancelled plans. I’ll probably be that lady who seems cantankerous, but really is just frustrated from spending so much time trying to figure out what the hell I forget!
Awwww…. thanks, Emma! I missed everyone too. Connecting with everyone is why I blog so I do miss the interaction when I take breaks. Girl, I never though I would be an old coot but I am and I’m proud of it. Minus the forgetfulness – that I don’t enjoy so much! LOL!
bahahahaha that last cat one – love it!
i am super behind on blog reading, but i totally noticed that i didn’t see you for a bit so yes, i did miss you 😉
happy belated birthday girl! i
I laugh every time I see that meme and then I worry about it happening to me. Because I would absolutely adopt them like the crazy cat lady I am. 🙂
Kayla @ Shoeaholicnomore says
I hope you had an excellent birthday! Thank you for sharing your story!
Happy belated birthday!!!! You do not look 40 AT ALL! Not that 40 looks old by any means but I genuinely thought you were in my decade at the early 30s. Go you!
Woo-hoo! You made my day, Michael! I used to complain when I young about looking young and my parents always told me to appreciate it. And now I really do, although I’m seeing some of those signs of age. Sigh. 🙂
Happy belated birthday! I just turned 31 and I feel a deep connection with everything you said. I hope when I turn 40 a convoy of cats marches to my house and takes up residence 🙂
Thanks, Jax! I know that I would helpless if a convoy of kitties rang my doorbell and wanted to move in. Completely and utterly helpless against them. LOL!