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.
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.