Friday, November 11, 2011

It's My Birthday

Today, I turn 34 years of age and according to my theory of ages, that puts me in the mid-thirty category.  The way I have defined it, when you turn a new decade (we'll use the thirties as our example, but it works for every age past 20) you are simply that number.  "I'm thirty, yeah...kinda of exciting."  When you turn 31, however, you are now in your thirties.  You are also in your early thirties.  31, 32, 33 are all classified as early thirties.  34, 35, 36 therefore are defined as mid thirties.  It of course then follows that 37, 38, and 39 are...the late thirties. 
So I have now crossed over into the mid thirties and unfortunately, with that designation I must firmly accept that I am in fact an adult.  You would think that getting married, having children, buying houses and keeping a job would have done it, but in my case you would be wrong.  I'm a firefighter...it's kinda of like living out a childhood fantasy and most times, does not feel like a job at all.  Anything you used to play pretend at as a kid falls in this category for me.  I married my college sweetheart and we've been together since I was essentially a kid, so no real adjustment there.  I still love toys and games, young adult novels and movies and so my kids are kind of an excuse to be a bit immature.  And finally, I spend a lot of my time lost in my own imagination, which although hopefully translates into great stories and novels, also means I have never really stopped playing pretend.
However, now into my mid-thirties, there really is no denying it.  I'm an adult.  A middle aged man by many definitions.  A third of my life in the can and the dramatic arch left to film.  I must shoulder the responsibilities of a new, ultra mature me, buy some stock options, and plan aggressively for my retirement. 
So...with all that in mind, what am I going to do for my birthday you might ask and I will be happy to tell you.  I'm going to have a Nerf gun fight with my daughters, watch Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, eat my wife's homemade Snickers cake, read Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth to my girls, spend some time with my college sweetheart and play some video games.
What can I say, I'm a work in progress.

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