3/30/12

five things friday: happy wish list


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It's my birthday today, which I really try not to make a big deal about. As I inch closer to 30, I am struggling to keep down my panic that comes along with getting older. I don't know why I dread 30. I suppose I am too vain, my perspective is all wrong, but I really think it is that I just never imagined my life going by so quickly. Last night a (rather morbid, I admit) thought popped into my head. What if I was sick or something and I didn't have a chance of seeing thirty? Wouldn't turning 30 seem like a dream, a privilege? I teared up at the thought. It put things in a different light and I have been rethinking my journey into a 1/3 life crisis. I have been all wrong about how I see aging. So what if I am seeing a few more wrinkles and gray hairs? Vanity, vanity. I should be happy, blessed, and full of joy that I have another year of life. After all, I am healthy and supremely blessed beyond what I deserve. 

So, my dreary attitude is gone, along with another year of my 20's. I am happy that I get to celebrate today. I am thinking about how many great things are still to come in my life, and I want to age gracefully and graciously. 

So, maybe I'll celebrate and buy a thing or two off of that happy wish list up there. Maybe I'll eat cake for lunch and dinner. Maybe I'll watch junk tv all afternoon. Whatever I do to celebrate, it will be such a happy birthday!
 
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16 comments:

  1. Happy birthday Allison! Don't fear getting older. It is a privilege denied to many. And those owl scissors are adorable. Totally buy those as a gift for you.

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  2. I love everything on your list, especially that wallet! I totally bet you could make it. That sure is a sad way to look at getting older! Birthdays are definitely to be celebrated no matter what age!

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  3. Happy Birthday, Allison! I get that twinge of worry when I think about hitting 30... it does seem like life is going so much faster than I want it to! But then I just try and remember all the good things that have happened and that are to come, and it helps. Hope you celebrate somehow!

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  4. Happy Birthday! I am going to be 35 this year! Talk about not feeling the aging thing, Ugh!

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  5. Happy Birthday, I hope you have fun.

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  6. Happy Birthday!! I'm glad you updated your attitude and had a change of heart about age. :) 30 ain't all bad. I've never had any issues with age -- it's just a number and you're only as old as you feel! I watched my parents age amazingly well -- my dad just turned 67 and he's renovating my parents' house all by himself, running cirlces around people merely half his age. My parents are good examples to follow.

    When I hear you "kids" talk about the big, bad 3-0 it makes me chuckle -- I'm 32 years young! :P Maybe I'll feel differently as I approach 40, who knows. But I think it's the things we accomplish and how we're use our time now that makes our time on this earth valuable and worthwhile. :) Enjoy yourself and your family and feel good about what you do at any age!

    Hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday.

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  7. Have a wonderful birthday, dear Allison. And yes, get the Happiness Project - I have it - it's good :)

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  8. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  9. Happy Birthday Allison! I love what you wrote here. Very beautiful, and you're absolutely right- we should appreciate EVERY moment.

    -Kendall
    {songbirdsandbuttons.blogspot.com}

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  10. Happy birthday!!! I hope you receive some of those cute items from your wish list! :)

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  11. Gretchen Reuben's reasoning behind conducting "The Happiness Project" fits in perfectly with the theme of your post; I highly recommend the book, it was a great read and very motivational. I even bought the page-a-day desktop calendar after I finished the book to motivate me through the year... Happy Birthday!

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  12. Actually, 30 is a great age - I´m close to 40 now but feel fine about that too even though I joke about dooms day. :-)

    The truth is, that one doesn´t have to change that much if one takes care of your body (as in exercise) and your skin (as in moist and not spending too much time in the sun). Oh - and NOOO smoking, that kills the skin!

    And about aging overall; we stay healthier and younger nowadays for a longer time, 40 is like 30 back then which means that 30 is like 20. ;-)

    You´ll enjoy the ride!

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  13. Wishing you a magical birthday weekend, Allison! The thirties are awesome, if YOU are awesome... and you are, so no worries there ;)
    -Love and sparkles

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  14. Allison, I like how you changed your attitude about birthdays. They are not only to celebrate when you where born, but to celebrate the coming years that you will be investing in yourself and others. You have a full and happy life. Share it with otherss and make every minute count. I really enjoyed getting older because I knew not only was I getting wiser but I was getting better along the way.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  15. Hope you had a beautiful day!

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