Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Birthday thoughts

Today is my 35th birthday.

I have to type it/say it out loud because it's not really real to me. I'm not really 35, am I? As surprised as I am at my own age, I don't think I would wish to be younger. I like the experiences I've had, the person I've become in the accumulation of the days and weeks and years that total 35 today.

This morning I got up early and headed to the gym for some time on the revolving staircase and the ellipsis (there's no better way to celebrate a birthday than to work out hard and feel strong and capable, despite another year added to your age). I was thinking about my birthday as I climbed the unending stairs. I was thinking about how glad I am that I was born to these people in this particular family. I was deeply grateful and felt humbled at that simple blessing that has shaped my days and weeks and years.
Anyway, after teaching my class this morning, I spent a nice chunk of time on my birthday collecting birthday freebies in the form of food (there's no better way to celebrate a birthday than to eat good food that's free and that you have not prepared). I visited Joe's Farm Grill, got lunch for tomorrow at Firehouse subs, picked up my Krispy Kreme dozen doughnuts, and printed off my free Cold Stone for use later this week.

Maybe I'd better head back to the gym tomorrow morning.


mwells said...

Way to go! Happy Birthday!

Madsen Family said...

Happy B-day! I think that is a grand idea--treat yourself to all the free yummy, yumminess. Why, oh why, did I never think of that. All those b-days wasted. You deserve to treat yourself right. Hope you have a great b-day WEEK!