Getting ready for April
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
This is a big birthday year for me. I would be fibbing if I said this particular age milestone isn’t continuously on my mind. And I have still have three months to go.
I may be overthinking it a bit.
Irish poet Oscar Wilde once said, “One should never trust a woman who tells her real age. If she tells that, she’ll tell anything.” This may have some truth to it, Mr. Wilde – 100 years ago. But times have changed. Women in this non-Victorian day and age are a lot of times proud of their digits. I would hope the revelation of my own age would be an indicator of what makes life so great.
As opposed to suggesting I can’t be trusted as far as one can throw me.
I certainly wouldn’t want to compromise my reputation. So instead I will keep those fine folks who don’t know my age guessing. For now.
Sooner or later it’s going to come out in public.
The thing about birthday milestones is there are always so many expectations attached. Of course turning 16 is a big one because of the whole driving thing. The expectation is to go out, have fun, and drive around while not texting or staying out past curfew.
Celebrating 21 also has a fun factor because of the whole legal drinking age thing. The expectation is to go out and have fun, and especially do not drive around or text while drinking.
Friends don’t let friends text on their 21st birthdays.
By 25, the anticipation of celebrating a birthday equates to cheaper car insurance. But it doesn’t take long for the big 3-0 to creep up on all of those who are raised to believe a good job with a healthy salary, marriage, a big house, 2.5 kids and a three-car garage defines success. I know a lot of people who turn 30 feel the pressure that they should be married and birthing babies by that age.
I opted for a tattoo and a girls’ trip to Florida.
Turning 30 did help drive some major changes in my life, including that whole divorce thing and moving to Colorado. This year, many of my Colorado friends are reaching the 30 milestone. My best advice is to not feel the societal pressures this age can bring.
Wait until you’re my age, at least.
Some people say 40 is the next 30. I can see that. Our culture – pop culture especially – seems to gravitate toward youth, beauty and living forever. What people do at 40 today would probably blow the minds of 40-year-olds in Oscar Wilde’s days.
Facebook alone would leave them in utter confusion.
Sure 40 might be the next 30, but that trend doesn’t really cross over for 30. Once you’ve experienced the 20s, it’s hard to relive. OK, maybe I would go back for a week or so. Mainly for a spring break scenario and a chance to go back to a college football game as a co-ed. I definitely didn’t know as much as I thought I did at 20.
So I’d just as much rather be my real age.
Who knows if I’ll ever really act my true age – it really is overrated sometimes – but I do know I can’t stop time. None of us can. Even with all the Botox and buttocks enhancements in the world. I doubt if I’ll need that stuff to feel younger. I can say that now because I actually feel 10 years younger.
There are a few exceptions I’d rather not divulge.
If my young-at-heart spirit stays strong as I get older, I will likely be a happy woman no matter my age.
Who knows what the ultimate plan is for me? I could live by the mantra that age is just a number and never think about what I should be doing at 40 or 50.
I do know I will continue to look both ways before crossing the street. And avoid texting anyone after consuming more than one extra-hoppy India Pale Ale. I do have somewhat-serious intentions of celebrating like Betty White when I’m 90, still cracking jokes and hanging around people who make me laugh.
If 90 is the new 80, why wouldn’t I?
– April E. Clark wants to ski like she’s 20. She can be reached at email@example.com.
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