Tuesday, April 19, 2011
A To Z - Old
Some people really dread getting older, but it doesn't worry me much. The way I see it, as long as I can still get vertical each day, I'm doing pretty good. I don't know where I envisioned myself to be at forty, but I'm not overly disappointed in myself either. I'm not a published author yet, but I have a great family, a decent enough job, we're not starving, and we're not homeless. I'm a college graduate (something I probably wasn't sure I'd be by forty) and I'm even working my way though my Masters degree (something I'm positive I didn't envision way back when).
My wife asked me what I want for my birthday and I honestly have no idea. I'm not a very materialistic person and birthdays stopped being a big deal for me quite some time ago. Don't get me wrong; I still celebrate every year and thank God that I'm alive and healthy. But I can't say I'm excited in any way. There are things I'd love to have (like that Victory 8 Ball motorcycle perhaps or get a tattoo of the Incredible Hulk filled in on my chest), but I'm not interested in bankrupting my family for the former and the latter is too expensive to justify spending on myself. Tonight we're going out to dinner with my parents (who thankfully are in town right now), and that's probably all we'll do.
How do you feel about the years sliding by? Do you celebrate each birthday with a huge party or are you more minimalistic?