I hope you read that title in Rick James’ voice. Dave Chappelle’s would also be acceptable.
I remember there was a time when I thought 36 was old. Clearly, I was a stupid teenager. I’m closer to 40 than I am 30, but fear not, I’m not freaking out. As I turn 36, I embrace my age. I love my birthday and I always celebrate it because getting older is a privilege not awarded to many.
Here’s what I know for sure:
- I have a profound sense of who I am, although I am ever evolving.
A close older friend, always told me that when she turned 30, she stopped caring about what other people thought and just did what she wanted. I am forever striving to be positive even when it’s difficult.
- I love sleep.
I have always loved sleep, but in my formative years, I used to love sleeping in. Now I even love getting into bed early 🙂
- I love food: Good Food.
- I have some really good friends.
My tribe is strong, supportive and always there.
- Family is everything.
My father always used to stress the importance of family and Sean and I always disregarded him. My family is like fudge: “Mostly sweet, with a few nuts” 🙂
- I am content with less.
Maybe this one has more to do with Hurricane Irma. There’s nothing like having a 185 mph hurricane beat down on your home to make you let go of the trivial things that you thought were important.
- We need to use our privilege for good.
Male privilege, white privilege, straight privilege, even local privilege (sxmers understand that one): whatever your privilege is, use those good powers to fight evil. There are many atrocities that occur throughout the world to people who lack these privileges that you hold. Use yours to advocate for those who are without.
- My body doesn’t recover like before.
I have aches and pains like nobody’s business – well it’s MY body’s business. I can’t imagine what 40 will feel like.
- Laugh lines are a good thing.
It means that I laugh a lot…or smirk
Here’s to another 36 years…at least 🙂