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on a personal note

now that my youngest has turned *gasp* 2, I can turn my attention to my coming birthday which is July 6. I always hate giving my age because the response I usually get it “oh you’re so young!” which goes all the way back to my teen years when I was in church leadership starting at 16. I got tired of that refrain and also got tired of not being taken seriously because of my youth and my gender. (double whammy there)
…but anyway, I’m going to be 29 this week. It’s weird thinking of being 30. Not because I think that’s old by any stretch of the imagination, but because I feel like I’ve been in my 20s for much longer than 10 years. Much of what I did at 17-19 were the things most people don’t do until their 20s and my parents have always joked that I’ve been 25 since I was 10. So turning 29 is weird because it’s almost 30 and I just can’t imagine being anything but 20-something. I suppose that’s how it is for everyone.

I’m becoming increasingly aware of my age though - esp. since our faith community is made up of people younger than us - some are much younger than David who is 9 years my senior. I used to not notice much of a difference but I’m starting to notice it more every year (yeah, duh) and it’s a bit disconcerting but I also find some peace in it.

I guess that’s what growing up is (in part) about eh?

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  1. Erin — July 3, 2007 #

    “I usually get it “oh you’re so young!”

    Which is far better than “You’re so old” dontcha think? Wait till you get lip wrinkles.

    But I so hear what you’re saying. It’s like in my 20’s I used to wonder when I would be taken seriously enough to get to sit at the grownups table at Thanksgiving, you know what I mean?

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a nice one.

  2. sonja — July 3, 2007 #

    hehehe … I get the opposite response … no one ever believes how old I am … and I still get carded. My mom didn’t believe me, til I got carded one time when I was with her. That was amazingly funny to me.

    Anyway …

    Happy Birthday!!! I hope you have a fun day and great year.

    Many happy returns …

  3. Atalia — July 3, 2007 #

    I still get it… bleh. But happy birthday (in a few days)!

  4. Jennifer — July 3, 2007 #

    Oh Mak…The 30’s are great. Some of the double-standard for women is softened, and you find a lot more reasons to have self-confidence. It really is something to look forward to with joy.

  5. Erin — July 3, 2007 #

    Sonja - You still get carded? Lol…what’s in the water there? I want some.

  6. Lyn — July 4, 2007 #

    I agree with Jennifer, the 30s are great. I do miss not being in my 20s anymore though! I’d like to say I’m taken more seriously, but as most people only think I’m about 25 it’s hard to be!

    Have a great birthday - what are your plans?

  7. Jamie Arpin-Ricci — July 4, 2007 #

    I can identify with holding back you age. I turned 30 this year, which actually was a relief, as the comments have all but ceased. I used to be called the “youngest older-timer in YWAM Canada” by a few friends.

    At any rate, if I am not until on the 6th, many happy returns!


  8. Julie Clawson — July 4, 2007 #

    I turn 30 in December and I’m kinda looking forward to actually being seen as an adult… but I still like getting carded

  9. Mak — July 4, 2007 #

    thanks everyone.

    getting carded around here doesn’t mean anything, they card anyone who doesn’t look 60

  10. Paul — July 4, 2007 #

    lol, you’re so like Debs - she was 29 on the 1st (maybe you can form a club for wise and sensitive 29 yr olds)…

    of course debs delights in the fact that she is still in her 20s, unlike her old codger of a husband ;)

  11. Anna — July 5, 2007 #

    We are much more alike than you think, Makeesha. ;) Happy Birthday!

    I also was heavily into church leadership stuff from 16 to 19, then moved out of home and rebelled against the Church for 5 years.

    The past year or so, my spirit has mellowed quite a bit from trying so hard to prove myself in the leadership/spiritual arena. Whereas it seems like you keep pushing ahead and making something new…I’ve settled back and accepted that there are some wheels worth leaving round. Maybe it comes with being this age.



  12. Mak — July 5, 2007 #

    *shiver* alike? no sweetie, aside from being women I doubt we’re much alike.

    I never really tried to prove myself actually, nor was I pushy about it… and I don’t think it has to do with age as much as philosophy :) you see it as something best left alone, I see it as an issue of justice. and actually, i’m perfectly content with it all - no striving here.

  13. Shauna — July 6, 2007 #

    Happy birthday Mak!

    I was always the smallest one in my class and even smaller than some of the kids two years younger. When my parents came for a visit when I was in college, we went to a restaurant that had a breakfast buffet. When the waitress left the bill, my Dad started laughing, as she had charged me the Child’s rate for the buffet.

  14. Mak — July 6, 2007 #

    that’s hysterical!

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