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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

40

40 years ago today, I was dragged into the world (with forceps) kicking (leg first) and screaming as do most babes, I'm sure).

Some time at the crack of dawn today I turned 40. I'm not sure how that happened but somewhere on the way to raising children, it snuck up and socked me between the eyes. Ok, it didn't hurt as much but still, there's something mindblowing about arriving at these milestones.
It is a milestone year and it marks another decade (God willing) in my humble existence. It's not so bad although in a couple of years, I may start wearing graduated lenses. One of my church friends, who is the cheekiest person I know, gave me a couple of magnifying glasses, a pill box, backscratcher among other things for my birthday. A cheeky sixty something. Nonetheless, the magnifying glass has already come in useful when I'm web browing on the iPhone.

My brother asked me this evening as a couple of others have, how I feel about the big 4-O...
Truth be told, I don't mind it. I'm a tad more comfortable in my own skin than I was in my twenties and even my thirties. I don't feel as much the need to prove myself and I'm more game to do things I wouldn't have 10 or 15 years ago. I wish hadn't played it safed
But there's a part of me that just doesn't really want to grow up. It's silly of course but it's a defence mechanism against the harsh realities of life that pops up.
The main advantage of being older is that it sharpens the creative juices and the imagination. I think it's a myth that the young are more imaginative. It seems to me the older one gets, the more one is more aware of the possibilities.

Anyhow, life is short and there's not a lot of point to constant introspection or naval gazing.
On the other hand, if I didn't do a little of that... there wouldn't be much to blog about.

2 comments:

  1. dear lilian,
    HAPPY 40TH BIRTHDAY!!! :D hope your special day was filled with lotsa fun, food, friends, presents and laughter! i can't wait to know you when you're fifty. :P
    cheers,
    em. ^^

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