Happy Birthday to Me

Well, it was my birthday on Tuesday. For the calendar-impaired among you, that’s March 11. I turned 49. Yep. One more year until th big 5-0. I’m pretty bummed about this. I am having some serious age-related angst. I’m told by lots of people that I don’t look old enough to have a 27-year-old son, or granchildren (from the 25-year-old daughter), but that just doesn’t help when I look in the mirror and see the gray, and the new age spots on my hands, or the one on my cheek. (How do I get rid of those, by the way?)

I also have found that I will have to go back to school and get my bachelor’s degree if I want to keep my job status as it currently is. That sucks on oh so many levels. The age-related one is that I have to go to classes with a bunch of 20 year olds who have absolutely no real-life experience who THINK they do have real-life experience. And instructors who are used to dealing with aforementioned 20 year olds and don’t take into consideration the added responsibilities that working adults have in their lives. Then there’s the stupid classes that have no relationship to real life but are supposed to make us “well-rounded.” I’m almost 50, people, I sincerely doubt that knowing some obscure sociology concept will round me out any better than I am now. Since I don’t go to cocktail parties (does anyone even have those any more??), I don’t think I’ll even be able to wow anyone with my stellar interpretation of a little-known poem by a dead poet, either.

Still, in an effort to maintain my career related status and (hopefully) advance, it’s off to school I go. So, between turning 49 this week, and having to return to school, it’s just been a wonderful time! Let’s not forget about daylight savings time, too…

2 thoughts on “Happy Birthday to Me

  1. Abby

    I crossed into Fiftyland a few years ago, and let me tell you, Fifty is Nifty – really! All those things you think are soooo important now (like age spots and gray hair) will soon assume their proper status at the bottom of the heap. As for school, you may find some of those 20-year-olds refreshing to be around because 1)they are energetic and idealistic, and 2) they are not *your* children so you are not responsible for how they turn out. Think of them as older grandchildren. But, yeah, I bet you will find some/most of the classes to be a colossel waste of time. Hopefully, a few of them will be worthwhile and/or enjoyable. And the tests – aieee! Good luck – oh, and Happy Birthday!

  2. emma

    Happy Birthday! I am coming up on the big 3-9 but actually, I’m quite excited about it. I offered to swap with my husband, who’s turning 40 this year and is Not Happy About It. But he turned me down. He said it would be weird if his twin was 40 and he was only 39. 🙂
    I hope you had a great day!

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