Tuesday, March 04, 2014

An Ode to Getting Older

Maybe it's because I am still young or maybe it's because I feel like each year brings a little more wisdom, but I like getting older.

I was visiting with some friends the other day and someone said that they would give anything to go back to high school, and the whole room echoed their agreement.  New freedom, no responsibilities, and still naive.

I like seeing my life in years.  I like recalling what being 24 was all about, or being 16.  I like reflecting but the thing is, I wouldn't want to go back.  I like the responsibilities, I like knowing things and I like that the "freedom" we were so excited about is just what we call life at this point.

And at 25 I am more me than I was back then.

I'd never want to be less myself than I am now.

I'm excited about tomorrow and the next day and year and ten years and the next 50.

Besides, being friends with your parents is where it's at.

I used to twirl around in my mom's prom dress and now we share books and wine.  I used to dance around on my dad's feet and now we share classic rock CDs and a love of history.

And I don't even know when all this happened.  It's the best though, the very best.

And why would I want to go back?  I can already imagine myself at 50 feeling infinitely more "me" than I do even now and that is so exciting!

Maybe I will feel differently in the future.  Maybe that new number I happen upon each year will turn sour and leave me dreading the next but I really hope not.  I hope that when I'm 80 I'm still excited for my birthday, still in awe of what I've learned, and still feeling like the next year has something new to teach me.

And now I'd like to introduce you to the beautiful Amanda of Marry Mint!  Amanda is such a sweetheart and that really shines through in her blog posts.  She has a precious baby girl, loves taking pictures, and happens to be a cancer survivor.  She has a wonderful outlook and is such an inspiration!  Read on to learn more...

Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I'm Mallory's mom, the wife of a solider and my two best friends are dogs. I like my coffee hot, my beer cold and I'm dangerous with a debit card. I'm just a cancer survivor with a blog trying to show the world that life can go on after cancer...and that life can be damn good!

If you were a superhero, what power would you have?
Superhero? I'm just trying to get through the day with as little fecal matter and spit up on me as possible.

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  1. I couldn't agree with you more! Each year just keeps getting better and better as you learn from the year before.

    And the friendship I've grown into with my parents is just priceless.

  2. I totally agree with you. I wouldn't want to go back. I am who I am because of what happened back then. I love my life more each day. So true.

  3. exactly. I'd rather be myself now. maybe with my 18-yr-old metabolism... but the self-confidence and self-awareness I wouldn't trade.

  4. I love your whole outlook and perspective on this! I totally agree. I love who I am now more than I ever have. It's so exciting to think of the growth we'll go through by the time we're 50 :)

  5. Eek! I'm a little over a month away from the big 25 and the other day I had a little moment when I was missing college but you're right. You are becoming more and more you. I feel like I am learning more about myself this past year, reaching up to 25, than I have in a long time.

  6. Oooh the big 2-5! I just turned 25 in January and its been a good year so far. I feel like the more I learn, the more I wish I knew when I was younger!

  7. Right! I completely agree. I feel like I need all those things to really be myself because that's real life.

  8. Thank you :) I know, it's funny but I get excited just thinking about the person I'll be then. I imagine feeling more sure and confident... It's definitely something to look forward to!

  9. Very true. That's one thing I wouldn't mind getting back! :)

  10. Agreed! Each passing year and all it's experiences just pack on to the person I am now! I wouldn't want to trade those just to go back a few years.

  11. It does keep getting better and better!

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