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Shouting It Out: Now Is The Best Time

By Sheila Arkee

Remember when you were a child and eagerly anticipated your upcoming birthday?

That was me, and then some. Yes, I was one of those kids who started a countdown four months leading up to my big day, making sure every single person around me knew that I was getting another year older, which most likely contributed to many grey hairs on my mother’s head.

It’s funny how life works, because I have just turned another year older and my only thoughts? Hmm, my birthday sure got here soon – how did that happen? And, how old am I anyways?

Last week I signed up for a social media service and was a little surprised when my profile displayed my new age – 34. All I can say is … really? How did that happen? There was a time when 16 seemed light years away, 18 a dream, and 21? Impossible.

Here I am. I am in my mid-30’s and the truth about this is simple. I have never been more content in my life.

Those pangs of anxiety that chased me through my 20’s, the running desire to gain life experience, to be able to fast forward through time, it’s transformed into a deeply satisfying feeling that I am right here, right now, and boy, does that sure feel good.

My five year old son is starting to understand the concept of aging, that we grow and change through time. He loves to look through some of his childhood photos, which I’ve haphazardly stuffed into the plastic sleeves of photo albums.

We often look back on our treasures together, our snapshots of how life was like in the past. There he is as a newborn baby, then a toddler, and now a big boy. Many of our photos are in the same locations, and it’s so incredible to see how we’ve both grown over the years.

See, there’s Mommy when she was a lot younger. I see a photo of my self as an eager 21 year old who was freshly graduated from college, ready to take on the world in my first big job. It would be easy to look at my other self with critical eyes – where did that metabolism go? That unlined forehead? But I look back with a smile, knowing in my heart that I wouldn’t trade age 34’s level of confidence for anything. Knowing that I am here, right now, and it is the best time.

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  • Betty C

    I celebrate my age by still going to work every day and proudly letting my co-workers know that “You may not believe it but I’m 72″ and they don’t always believe it.
    My body doesn’t always cooperate but I still have items on my bucket list to complete and I’m still working on it.

  • Shannon

    I don’t think I’ve celebrated my age but I’m happy to have time with loved ones

  • diane Baum

    I celebrate my age,by giving back to the community. I’m 55, have two sons, my own small business and do tons of volunteer work-including at the public library, free English lessons, food pantries. Life is too short, not to live it too the fullest.

  • Kyl Neusch

    always have a fun tim

  • Lisa Garner

    I celebrate my age by not be upset of new lines and creases and enjoying the fact that time has given me 4 beautiful children.
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

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  • Mary Cloud

    By always having fun with my children, playing video games with them and acting young at heart
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  • Valeen N

    I celebrate my age by embracing who I’ve become and realizing that there’s still so much more to learn!

  • Kenny F

    take the day off



    Hmmmm, one of the ways I celebrate my age is by shopping in the junior section (as I feel lucky enough I can still manage to shop in it at 26). Thanks so much!!! Love these giveaways!

  • http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/ Cori Westphal

    I don’t hide my age. I celebrate it by embracing all the new things that each year can bring!

    coriwestphal at msn dot com

  • http://asahmlookingforadeal.blogspot.com/ Cori Westphal
  • Jay R

    relax take day off and go to a nice dinner

  • http://sahmofdramaqueens.com Karine Traverse

    Enjoy the little things! Just because I am 31 and a mother of 4 doesn’t mean I can’t stop enjoying silly things like candy and ice cream for breakfast.

  • http://sahmofdramaqueens.com Karine Traverse
  • Betty C
  • Erica C.

    I don’t like having big celebrations…I prefer to have some alone time and relax.

  • susan smoaks

    I celebrate my age by having fun and exercising a lot to stay as young feeling as possible!

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  • Crystal F

    I celebrate it by being with my girls. If I wasn’t the age that I am now, my girls wouldn’t be with me making my complete. thank you!

  • http://myloonyverse.com Sherry Conrad

    I try to enjoy and celebrate each moment and spend as much time as I can with family and friends since I should have been dead by now and beat the odds more than once.

  • http://myloonyverse.com Sherry Conrad
  • Joy Q

    I celebrate my age knowing that I still have a lot to learn.

  • Joy Q
  • http://www.fotomacro.etsy.com angie

    I celebrate my age with normal bday behavior like cake and presents, but I also try to celebrate the gift of another year of life every day and not take anything for granted as you just never know when your gift will expire.

  • http://www.fotomacro.etsy.com angie
  • Sumer B.

    I celebrate with my girlfriends and usually have a spa day.

  • Sumer B.
  • Stephanie Johnson

    I celebrate by reminding myself that while getting older (I turn 40 next year) sucks sometimes it sure beats the alternative!

  • Stephanie Johnson
  • Sand

    I celebrate my age by celebrating things that I really love. I think with age comes wisdom and you care less about what others think about you!

  • Amy DeLong

    celebrate with my family/friends usually a group dinner