It's An Age Thing

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Act your act.

Look your age.

Dress for your age.

Aged like a fine wine.

With age comes wisdom.

What's the obsession with age?!

I've never felt my age. I've never quite understood how I'm supposed to feel at a certain age. Despite my dads yearly question, I don't ever feel older on my birthday.

I didn't feel different when I turned 16 and could drive by myself.

Eighteen was kind of "meh"--I think I spent it watching Dazed and Confused, but don't quote me on that.

Twenty-one left me sick with a hangover and questioning the meaning of life.

Twenty-five was a bit of a surprise since I never really expected to make it to that age.

The rest......I feel like they've all kind of merged into one, boringly unique life.

Now, here I am, on the cusp of my 40th birthday, looking at the next chapter of my life with eyes wide open and full of an excitement I don't remember having in a very long time.

As each year comes and goes, the one thing I can say for certain is that I am one step closer to finding myself and figuring out who I am, what I like, what I don't like and who I want to be as a person. With each passing year, I learn of the things that makes my heart sing and my soul feel complete.

Cuddles with my doggos. Long walks along the many beautiful trails here in Northern Michigan. A night out with friends. An afternoon of Peppa Pig with my niece. A weekend away to see my favorite musician. Avocados.

We spend so much of our time waiting for the weekend or the next vacation or the next whatever, that we forget to embrace and enjoy the day to day moments that seem so mundane and repetitive that it seems ridiculous to take advantage of them.

I want the next 40 years to be filled with the little moments that make me smile, life discovering a new to me author or taking a photograph of a mushroom that just looks "really cool!". I want to spend more time cuddling with my dogs and taking them on adventures. I want to see new places and explore the place I call home.

I simply want to live my best life, on my own terms, miles from what I would consider to be ordinary.
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