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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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  • http://www.lipstickandmommystuff.blogspot.com Jen B

    I celebrate pretty quietly with my family. Since having my son, I’d much rather stay at home then go out and party!

  • Bonne Cowger-Roszel

    I’m totally like you I start counting down the days a month before !!!!! Now that I moved away from my family and close friends I miss the big celebrations I use to have when I was under.

  • natasha mehta

    I clebrate with my daughter. Family is spread out abroad and all over States. We spend quality time together. Havng fun and enjpying the simple pleasures

  • Lisa G

    I just celerated my birthday {Nov.9th} #36 and I celebrated with my family. Dinner together, enjoying eachother’s company!!

  • http://www.wordpress.com/southernbeautyblog Heather

    I celebrated my bday almost a month ago and although I couldn’t move
    About much ( I have a knee injury) it was quite fun :)
    My thought is you’re only as old as you feel and even though
    I turned 29, I feel like I’m 19 :)

  • Moira

    I celebrate by partying like I am in my 20s!

  • Regina salazar

    The way I celebrate my birthday is by slowly waking up on my birthday laying semi awake in bed physically , but wide awake spiritually & mentally. I begin with a prayer thanking the universe & my higher power for another year of life & humbly welcome into my heart love,experience,knowledge,gratitude,compassion & clarity. I then do something that is not only healthy for me physically,but mentally as well. I get moving! Exercise makes me feel alive. I hike the hills & become one with nature all around me! That’s how I celebrate myself! If was not always like that,but now in my thirties, I know the kind of person I want to be!!

  • Margaret Smith

    We celebrate as a family, with my husband and kids. Sometimes, I also have my brother & sister in law join in our celebration.
    Thanks so much.

  • Margaret Smith
  • Emily

    I just turned 40 and my family drove out and we threw a big party with family and close friends.

  • http://www.libbyspinkvanity.com Kimberly

    I don’t even really remember 34! LOL! I did a countdown of sadness this year turning over to 50. But the rest of the decade will be OK…until 59!

  • Mami2jcn

    I wouldn’t say I celebrate my age. I turned 37 recently and I don’t shout it out to the world. I’m just happy to be around for my kids.

  • Mami2jcn

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/268540664445292544

  • http://www.hobbylobbyist.com Elizabeth

    I celebrate my age by being proud of it– I don’t lie, I earned every one of these years!

  • http://www.hobbylobbyist.com Elizabeth
  • Stephanie V.

    Stop and live in the moment at least once everyday. After having a child late in life, getting cancer and just getting by working part-time and being a mommy full-time, have to stop and appreciate what you do have!

  • Elena

    I celebrate my age by enjoying every day of my life

  • Elena
  • stephanie
  • stephanie

    im 28 raising my 10mo and im loving it

  • Cynthia C

    I make the most of my age by being the best I can be every day.

  • Cynthia C
  • http://Www.enchantedbeautyfx.com Charlotte

    I celebrate with my husband, our birthdays are 3 days apart so we always try to do something that both if us will enjoy.

  • Denise S

    I celebrate with cake, pizza and fireworks because my birthday is the 4th of July.

  • kathy

    I celebrate at home with a dinner prepared by my children~

  • kathy
  • Mary Calabrese

    I celebrate with the fact that with every year I am getting closer to retirement!

  • Tiffany Winner

    I dont really celebrate my age because i dont think about my age much, it’s just a number!
    thismomwins@gmail.com

  • Tiffany Winner
  • cw

    I celebrate with family and we do experience gifts to create memories…don’t need more stuff

  • steph

    by not hiding it or lying about it!

  • steph
  • Chris Ellett

    I celebrate beauty with my husband and 3 pup pups!!! We enjoy the outdoors and spend as much time at the beach as possible!!!! Embrace what are given!!!

  • http://editionsofthu.blogspot.com Thu

    I’m celebrating the end of my 20’s by treating myself to a 20’s-themed photoshoot. Authentic flapper costume and everything :)

  • Mina Holliday

    I celebrate with a nice bottle of champagne

  • Unity

    For me celebrating another year is pretty quiet. There is cake with My family and my husband like to surpr

  • Melody

    Counting my blessings at just shy of 36. Love everything about my life. It almost scares me to be this lucky

  • ZK

    I talk about the 70’s and enjoy my grey hair.

  • Faye Hall

    I celebrate each new year by truly loving myself more. For me it’s not about the parties or dinners…which I love to plan for others. My celebration is loving and embracing the “me” I’ve become. 45 is around the corner…and I’m excited to see another part of me! Kisses!

  • Lisa Brown

    I don’t celebrate my age, I take each year as they come.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  • Lisa Brown
  • Kim D.

    I celebrate with family and friends.

  • Kim D.
  • Danielle

    I celebrate my age with my family :)

  • Jessie C.

    I celebrate my age by living the moment.

  • Jessie C.
  • http://momknowsbest15.blogspot.com tara pittman

    By being active and running

  • http://Paintedlady's Aminah S.

    I love to party on my birthday! My baby girl will be five in a few days which sends me over the edge more than when I turned 40 in June! I want her to stay a baby forever!!!

  • http://kmassman-scrapbooks-cards.blogspot.com/ Kelly Massman

    I don’t mind shouting out my age–I feel I earned every year and am proud of it!!! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  • Kelly D

    I celebrate my age by spending time with my family and by trying to stay as active as possible.

  • Kelly D
  • sandra

    i do not celebrate my age

  • Candie L

    My age is just now starting to show (and that makes me cry every day). Thank you

  • Karen Medlin

    I celebrate by laughing each day, enjoying the smiles of the little ones.

  • sy

    I haven’t really celebrated my age, I’m in that stage where I want to gain more life experience. Looking back there are some to celebrate, graduating from college, doing ok at job with lots of space to grow. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway.
    songyueyu at gmail

  • sy
  • Amanda Sakovitz

    I guess self acceptance would be celebrating my age

  • Amanda Sakovitz
  • http://www.chambanachik-live.blogspot.com Erika

    I celebrate by being happy I’m in my 20s still! :)

    chambanachik at gmail dot com

  • Chacoy

    I agree with you, I couldn’t be more happy with my life in my mid-thirties!
    I have the best family and group of friends who allow me to be me and enjoy being around me….it’s sucks being a grown-up because the days go by fast and when you were a kid they seemed like an eternity!
    Thank you for the opportunity(:

  • maria cantu

    haven’t celebrated in a while, you’re only as old as you feel

  • Tina M

    spending time with my family and friends

  • Tina M
  • http://utry.it Amy Tong

    I celebrate my age by having fun each day and be grateful to what I have.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  • http://utry.it Amy Tong
  • Samantha Daleo

    I celebrate my age by embracing it and trying to lead by example.

  • Georgia

    I am just happy to be alive and thank god for being alive everyday.

    gmissycat at yahoo dot com

  • Georgia
  • Shannon

    Rather than celebrate a certain age, I want to celebrate every day. I’m learning to live one day at a time, and it has given me a peace beyond understanding!

  • Shannon
  • Christina Tong

    I celebrate my age by being happy with smiles everyday, giving thanks to God for health and for what I have.

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Christina Tong

    Tweeted : https://twitter.com/ctong2/status/275526246744612864

    ctong2[at]gmail[dot]com

  • Becky Horn

    I am 36 and I would love to go on a Caribbean Cruise!!

  • Becky Horn
  • http://momknowsbest15.blogspot.com tara pittman
  • Wild Orchid

    tweet–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/276001497219727360

    wildorchid985 @ gmail dot com

  • Wild Orchid

    I like to celebrate my age by having fun with my family and sharing stories of the past!

    wildorchid985@gmail.com

  • MelissaO

    I think it’s very important to OWN your age. I never make jokes about turning 29 for the fifth year in a row or anything like that. I realize that each year I gain more knowledge and humility and that is very important to me.

    wolverina401 at gmail dot com

  • Tamar

    I’m enjoying my kids!

  • http://suburbancorrespondent.blogspot.com suburbancorrespondent

    I’m 49, and I celebrate my age by not hiding it!

  • Rebecca B

    I don’t really ‘celebrate’ my age. I don’t hide it, but I refuse to conform to stereotypes of what a 40 year old should act or dress or look like. I do what I like in that area.

  • ShariC

    I celebrate by using what aging has taught me: that you need to continue to learn through life. There is always something to learn about yourself, life, love, friendships, hard times and how to recover. Live for now and love.

  • jennifer horn

    I’m happy to be 38 and feel better than I did at 20. Love being a mom and wife and look forward to having many more years to enjoy.

  • jennifer horn
  • irene

    Age is when you stop and realize that the number is not the same as how you feel.

  • http://www.fidoseofreality.com Carol Bryant

    I celebrate by giving to others and paying it forward by helping dogs in need. Great site, just discovered you.

  • Thomas Murphy

    i celebrate it by just enjoying life

  • Thomas Murphy
  • Lee

    I celebrate my age by exercising and eating healthy!

  • Lee
  • Judith

    I love getting older there is a sense of freedom.

  • Judith
  • Robin

    I celebrate my age with a sense of humor!

  • Mary M.

    I cannot think of a certain way that I actually celebrate but I love being where I am at my age so I guess I just stay happy.

    marybug2@yahoo.com

  • Mary M.
  • Carmen

    My husband and I are older parents. So even though we occasionally get mistaken for grandparents, our little one keeps us young at heart :)

  • Daniel M

    now that i’m getting older i don’t like to celebrate anything to do with age, don’t like birthdays anymore

  • Sarah L

    I let everyone know I’m 64 and I swim 3 times a week.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • Sarah L
  • erma

    I beautfi myself.

  • 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

  • Lisa Garner

    I Tweeted this giveaway: https://twitter.com/lisalmg/status/279041885186703360
    lisalmg25 at gmail dot com

  • 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

  • ANGEL JACKLYN
  • ANGEL JACKLYN

    SECOND OPTIONAL ENTRY

    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!

  • susan smoaks
  • 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
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com