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Thursday, November 20, 2003

BurningBirthday

Shelley Powers posted a wonderful hope-filled piece on the occasion of her 49th birthday.

In 365 days, I can redefine who I am in 365 ways.

In 8760 hours, a lot can happen. And if in all those hours and days and weeks and months my dreams have not been met, and I'm lucky to reach 50, then I know I'll continue to have time to meet them, or to dream new dreams.

I turned 40 this year. I spent much of the previous year when I was 39 being "almost 40", but when the event finally happened, I was still the same person for the most part. And as the year has unfolded, I've decided that I like being 40. I like the sense of perspective and, dare I say, wisdom, that being a bit older provides (not that I feel wiser than when I was 39, but I certainly feel more so than when I was 29). I think it's a good thing to enjoy being whatever age you are, because after all, it's not like you have a choice. No matter how hard I try, I will never be 23 years old again.

So happy birthday, Shelley (a couple of days late). I hope you maintain that sense of optimism and hope throughout the year.

Posted at 3:14 AM

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