Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy Birthday To Me...I'm Still A Late Bloomer



I've always been one of those YAY IT'S MY BIRTHDAY PAY ATTENTION TO ME types of people. I celebrate the entire week, I have as many parties as I can trick people into attending, make a big deal about the whole thing. But as the years go on I am getting less and less excited about my advancing age. I guess we have ideas about where we will be at certain points in our lives, and while I've always embraced my status as a late bloomer, well, I guess it's starting to hit me that I have some catching up I should be doing. 

I know I shouldn't worry about what everyone else is doing or what milestones people are checking off, but, honestly, it's hard not to...both in writing and in the rest of my life. Most days I use people who are ahead of me to keep me pumped up or to make me thankful for the things I have. But on these days of reflection like today, I tend to mope around and think about the things I should be doing. 

*sigh*

I'm not usually Introspective Jess on my birthday. I'm usually Party Jess. But Party Jess is getting old, and she can't really party like she used to. Thinking is the only thing I can do these days without throwing out a hip. 

This past year has been an amazing one for me, and I don't want to brush off the awesome. It's been there in abundance, even though other things have been sucky. And even though I continue to have challenges, I also have amazing opportunities. I have so many chances to make this coming year of my life the best one yet. 

So I'm going to try. I'm going to try worry about having fun and being awesome-er than ever and not focus on the things that other people are doing or getting or having that I'm not. And I'm going to try not to worry too much about getting old. 


Perceptive, warm, and charming, you are well-liked for your playful qualities, but you are also very grounded and can be practical and serious in your pursuit of success and management of your life. Your image is important to you, and you always try to keep things aboveboard. Your stamina and endurance are notable. Famous people born today: T. S. Eliot, George Gershwin, Serena Williams, Olivia Newton-John, Linda Hamilton.



If you like my photo, the pre-doctored version was taken by the lovely and talented Courtney McManaway

22 comments:

  1. If you're old, I'm old, so let's be young at heart together. :-)

    Happy birthday, lovely friend... Hope it's a FANTASTIC day!

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  2. Happy bday! Todays my anniversary. Its a good day all over. And you're never too old to party. The party just might change a bit.

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  3. I can relate. I get this way around my birthday too. I am a few months older than you, and I'm still single. Which really sucks. I'm not even close to where I thought I'd be at this age. For what it's worth, I've always admired you and thought you had a pretty awesome life. I mean, I know *I* shouldn't be comparing either, but your life is way better than mine!

    Happy birthday!

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  4. Happy Birthday Jessica! Today is my stepdaughters bday too!

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  5. After reading this, right away I thought the lyrics for a song called "Never Too Late" from one of our contemporaries from the NYHC scene, Underdog. Am I about to drop hardcore wisdom on your blog for your birthday? Silky, silky.

    "Don't be in a hurry, go at your own pace. There's no need to worry, it's not a f*ckin' race...NO, it's never too late"

    Now ask yourself: Wouldn't Sandy and Sarah Connor co-sign on this wisdom?

    Happy birthday. Bah humbug...

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  6. NOT OLD!
    Happy birthday! Hope it's a great day, and a fantastic year.

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  7. Happy happy birthday! The year to come is going to be full of AWESOME!!

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  8. Happy Birthday! The whole throwing out a hip joke made me laugh. You're not old! :)

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  9. Happy birthday, fellow September baby! (And fellow Jess. And fellow teacher.) Enjoy it! Buy yourself some good books :) You're never too old for those.

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  10. Hooray! Happy birthday! Watch how much this upcoming year is going to ROCK YOUR WORLD. :D

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  11. I think me and Introspective!Jess are on the same wavelength, but I'm trying to move past it too and to remember to not sweat the small stuff. I hope you have a fantastic birthday! Eat an extra cupcake or two. ;)

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  12. Have a really great birthday, and allow Introspective Jess to become Party Jess for a little bit. :)

    P.S. Love the photo!

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  13. Old is but a state of mind. Still, happy birthday, Jess!

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  14. That is one awesome picture, Jessica :D And you´re NOT old! Trust me, I agree with Katy on this, if you´re old I´m old so nope :D You´re just wiser :P but still hope both introspective Jess and Party Jess have a wonderful time today! You both deserve it :D
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! :D

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  15. Love the photo. Happy Birthday!!! Have a great week celebrating. :)

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  16. Happy birthday to you! Sometimes it's good to get introspective. And sometimes it's better to just eat some birthday cake :)

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  17. I'm a late bloomer, too. Happy birthday!!

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  18. I don't know how old you are, but you seem extremely accomplished (more than you realize) and super young and pretty.
    I'm 31 and stumbling my way through, slowly, falling off paths, trying to find my way back. I feel old...not because of the number of the age, but because of all I want to accomplish and the fear/self-abuse of not "doing" it or not trying hard enough or not focusing.

    One Day At A Time.

    :)

    Love your blog by the way!

    - J

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  19. Happy (late) birthday, Jessica! I've not been keeping up with my blogs for the past two weeks, so I missed it. You're still so young, dear. So young. This year has more greatness in store. So glad I found you on the net!

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