Wednesday, March 7, 2012

On turning 39, mid-life crises, and being thankful

I turned 39 last week.  I'm not okay with that, but what are my options, right?  I don't feel 39.  In fact, I feel better than I did in high school and college (now I only swim 2,000 yards a day which is much easier on the shoulders : ).  I had my vision checked last summer and it was better than 20/20.  I didn't even know that was possible!  Unfortunately, that means I can clearly see all the grey hairs coming in.  And then there are the wrinkles.  Who came up with "laugh lines"?  That's a euphemism if ever I heard one!  I promised my husband when we were newly married and 15 years seemed like an eternity that I would start wearing make-up when I turned 40.  Now I only have one more year until I have to start wearing make-up unless I can find a loop-hole in our contract.  Why didn't I make the deal that I'd start wearing make-up if he took up running or something like that?  Then I'd be safe for life!  Hindsight.

Anyway, I told my husband that I'm going to have a mid-life crisis.  Why should men get to have all the fun?  He said I might as well make it a big one, then.  I'm thinking.  Seriously, I have nothing.  Any suggestions?

Then my friend Roan at Joyful Always, Insanity graduate who runs marathons, is a conscientious cook, and has nursed 5 children, found out she has breast cancer and is having a double mastectomy today.  Maybe I don't need a mid-life crisis, after all.  Maybe I should just be thankful that 39 has only brought me a few wrinkles and grey hairs.  Ok, I know I should just be thankful.  Please join me in praying for Roan as she has her surgery today.


  1. Roan's situation puts it all in perspective doesn't it? My wish is to grow older gracefully.... I don't think that necessarily means dyed hair with painted nails and all that fru-fru, but with just an acceptance that this is all part of the process of growing out life as God intended it! Roan is a few years younger than me, but she has accepted it....she hasn't colored her hair, goes to town at times without make-up, and I don't think I've ever seen her with nail polish on...and she still lives a very full and very blessed life and is a blessing to all those who know her....In Real Life and through the internet.

  2. I'm catching this too late to pray for the surgery but I will pray for her recovery.

    I will 39 next month and know what you mean. Thanks for the perspective and happy belated birthday.



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