Last week I celebrated my 37th birthday. Yes, you read that right, I just committed a cardinal sin for aging women, I revealed my age. The older I get, the less age bothers me and I know this seems backward, but hear me out. Age really is just a number. Yes, it marks the number of years we’ve been alive and breathing, but does it mark the number of laughs, the number of tears, the number of bottles of wine? No! It has nothing to do with who we are or what we’re capable of. That’s not to say I don’t ever struggle with age, I do however try to keep my positivity when it comes to getting older. The hardest part about this is stopping myself from putting a timeline or expectation on milestones. We each have our own timeline and our own path to follow and if we just accept that, it’s easier to embrace getting older.
Like a fine wine
I don’t know about you, but I’m so glad to not be in my twenties anymore. I’ve often said my goal in life is to “age gracefully” and the older I get the more I come to really realize what this means to me. As I age, I want to embrace getting older and I really feel like I’m becoming more of myself as I age, coming into myself, just like a fine wine!
Aches and pains
With getting older, comes all the fun stuff you don’t really believe until it happens to you. Like getting a stiff neck for a week because you slept wrong one night. Having trouble standing up from the couch or freaking toilet seat. No matter how active we are, our bodies really do start breaking down in some ways and boy is that a hard pill to swallow. I, unfortunately, get a little more aches and pains than other people who are as active as myself sometimes because I also suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis which causes inflammation in my joints. So, that’s some extra fun sauce on the side. This, however, is one of my biggest reasons to keep moving! Each day I have the energy to move, I move. I’ve had days where I can’t and so I always want to take advantage of the days I can!
Here’s to a new year!
Although it’s not always easy, I want to celebrate each birthday. It’s another year I get to live, it’s another year I get to learn, it’s another year I get to grow. These years don’t represent who I am, but they remind me of where I’ve been and I’m grateful for each new one! Thank you for all the birthday love and wishes and I hope you’ll continue celebrating with me today and always! Happy Birthday to me!