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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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!

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  • 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

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  • 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
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  • 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.

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  • 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!

  • Kelly D

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