On Birthdays and Aging

January 18, 2013

Tomorrow I turn 32. I know that may not seem old to some of you reading (or it might seem really old for others) but it’s the oldest I’ve ever been so to me it’s a little strange to say the number. 32. 32. 32! By the time my mom was 32 she had three kids under 5 and a Master’s Degree in Nursing. Crazy!

I don’t know what I expected of my thirties. I didn’t really give them much thought as I swirled around in the haze and angst of my twenties. I’d heard they would be better than my twenties and in almost all ways that has turned out to be very true. Minus the fact that drinking 3 glasses of red wine will now give me a 2 day hangover and the gray hair at the crown of my head has decided it will never grow beyond 3 inches and prefers to stand straight up. Despite those minor grievances, age has been very kind to me and I don’t mean that in an appearances sense.

In the first 2 years of this new decade I’ve discovered some really wonderful changes:

1.) I feel more confident with who I am (most of the time).

2.) I am more comfortable with my body (much of the time).

3.) I found and know the person I want to grow old with (all of the time)!

4.) I eat a whole lot better than I did in my twenties, hello bean dip!

5.) I exercise with more joy which in turn has resulted in me being a better runner than I ever was 10 years ago.

6.) I more deeply respect and appreciate my friendships that have proven to be strong competitors against distance and time difference.

7.) I found the courage to quit a job that didn’t feel right and to pursue a path that feels more authentic.

8.) I started this blog which has become an amazing outlet for discussing all those topics and people near and dear to my heart.

However, there is always more to learn and ways to grown.

I spent this morning writing a list of goals I wanted to work on over the course of the next year. But somehow the list felt forced and pressurized.

Maybe it’s best not to put so much emphasis on change as a new year of my life approaches. Maybe a birthday is a chance to honor who you are and not what you lack, to celebrate what you’ve already accomplished and the people who have made you who you are today.

Tomorrow I use my birthday as it is intended…to celebrate my life. Without a foreboding list of must-dos in the back of my mind.

That said, I did, find this one little saying out in the world that spoke to me and made me want to share.

Life Rules

This year I’ll keep it simple. Love, laugh, forgive and let go.

Lastly, when my dad died my mom said to always remember, ‘aging is a privilege, not everyone gets to do it.’

May we make the best of this privilege.

Enjoy and Exhale!


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  • Reply veggiewhatnow January 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    I love this! Happy Birthday! 🙂

  • Reply withlovecoach January 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Wow, I love, love, love your site name, and your dedication to a life well lived. You’re an inspiring soul and I enjoyed browsing your blog!

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you so much. I appreciate you following my blog!

  • Reply Melissa January 18, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Very well said. I’m glad to hear that you’ve found happiness on your new path.

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 18, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Thank you Melissa Nagy, hope all is well with you!

  • Reply Amanda (@PicklesNHoney) January 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    I loved this post! I’m 28 and even comparing my age now to being 25, there is such a huge difference in mentality (for the better, I think). I hope you have a wonderful 32nd birthday! 🙂

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Thank you Amanda. There are so many changes even just from one year to the next but I love that life is ever-evolving! Makes it fun 🙂

  • Reply Tamara January 18, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Loved this post. Happy birthday Lisa! Ill be thinking of you tomorrow. Hope you have a wonderful weekend of fun.

  • Reply Kim January 18, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Your life is definitely one worth celebrating. I’ll raise a glass of milk to you tomorrow (and then try to get some calcium another way). Happy birthday Lisa.

  • Reply Mandy Smith January 18, 2013 at 9:14 pm

    Happy Birthday! And my gray hairs stand straight up too 🙂

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      So unfair! The least they could do is lay flat!

  • Reply kathy January 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Happy Birthday

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      Thanks Kathy! We bought our soda stream today. Thanks for the gift.

  • Reply angieeatspeace January 20, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Happy Birthday! Your 30s sound fabulous!

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Angie. I’m looking forward to more!

  • Reply senselessandwed January 21, 2013 at 10:45 am

    This is so motivating and true – aging really is a privilege and it is a great reminder that every day is so precious. Thank you!

    • Reply Lisa Horvath January 21, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      So true. We can’t assume we get infinite time, must make the best of it!

  • Reply Lisa January 27, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Aging is a privilege! Great perspective.

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