Monday, March 3, 2014

Getting Older

Tomorrow is my 29th birthday.

 Some birthday long ago

My mom has said to me many times, "you are basically 30". Today I responded with, "well that just makes you older" (jokingly, of course).

I do kid about how I am going to freak out when I turn 30, in reality I will probably be just fine. I have wonderful models of accepting the fact that you are getting older all around me. My parents are getting older, just like I am. I think they have accepted that this is inevitable but that doesn't mean that they have to stop living or revert back to a pre-teen state to try to feel young again.

Crystal has said she feels younger in her 30s than she did in her 20s, so that gives me hope as well.

The way I see it, I can't stop the passing of time so why not just go with it?

 A blonde teenage Jamie

In fact, when I analyze my life I like who I am in my 20s better than who I was in my teens. I figure that this may be a trend that will continue until the end of my life, whenever that may be. 

As I get older, I may not be able to swim, bike and run as fast or as far as I do now but that doesn't mean I have to love this sport any less.

I envision myself as one of those 80-year-old women trying to complete their 15th Ironman before midnight, wearing that glow-in-the-dark necklace proudly. The fact of the matter is that I may not be able to finish the race, but I hope I will still have the determination to start.

For now, I'm hoping that in my 29th year I will become an Ironman, run my 4th stand-alone marathon and train and race with friends and family as often as possible.

I just felt like putting this here, ha

The final year of my 20s is similar to the culmination of training for a marathon or triathlon: a victory lap. And, I hope, a segue into more awesomeness that I have yet to achieve or dream possible.

16 comments:

  1. 30 didn't bother me but my son was 3 weeks old so it's entirely possible I didn't even notice it was my birthday! :) I turned 35 in January and I started to get upset about being old but then I realized that I am in so much better shape now than when I was 25 so that's worth something! Happy early birthday!

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  2. I'm 10 years older then you?!? Trust me, 30's > 20's... :-)

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  3. Trust me do not obsess over age now. Because when you're older and you look back you'll feel like wasted your time even thinking about this crap. Enjoy exactly where you are. It's just a number. You're the youngest you'll ever be!

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  4. Happy birthday! I turn 27 on Saturday and I've been freaking out about it. For some reason I don't like 27, perhaps it's because I don't like odd numbers. I'd much rather stay 26 another year or turn 28. Are you doing any triathlon-related celebrating? I'm swimming 27 x 100s to celebrate! Enjoy your day! :-)

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  5. My brother turned 29 on Friday, didn't realize you two were so close in age. Happy 29th!

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  6. Happy birthday! I'm not looking forward to my first tri this season when they mark me with *gulp* 30.

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  7. You definitely seem like you'd have the energy to do an ironman at that age! You kill it in the motivation and drive. I see a good year ahead :)

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  8. I really do believe life just keeps getting better and better. I get freaked out about the finality of aging and especially running out of time, but there is something exciting about learning about ourselves, and becoming better versions of ourselves!

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  9. Happy birthday, friend! Everyone says life keeps getting better as you get older. :)

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  10. Happy birthday, Jamie!! Don't start thinking about getting slower just yet. I feel better at 40 than I did in my 20's. Hope you had a great day!

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  11. Happy Birthday! My 30's have been so much better than my 20's no question. Things will only get better;)

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  12. Hope you had an awesome birthday yesterday!!

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  13. Happy late birthday Jamie!! I hope it was wonderful!!

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  14. Happy belated birthday! I feel I used to subscribe to the John Mayer line "So scared of getting older/I'm only good at being young...", but I realized that I'm good at LIFE. I feel young because I'm passionate about life. Keep being passionate about it, and age will be a welcomed addition to add more memories! (Said from a 29 year old turning 30 in October!)

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