Monday, February 16, 2004

Unhappy Birthday

Today is my birthday. At 10:20 EST, I will turn 34. I can't remember a birthday I've looked forward to less.

Typically, as my wife will attest, my birthday is a multi-day bacchanalian festival of presents, food, and such. And while we certainly had those things this year, my heart's just not in it.

Back in 1997, I worked for a dotcom startup. Among the 23 year olds, there was one "old guy," Kevin Sykes, a really talented artist and hilarious guy. One of my coworkers at the time commented, "I hope I'm that cool when I'm that old." Need I mention that Kevin was 34 at the time? I keep hearing that quote echoing in my head these days.

When you hit 34, there's no pretending you just turned 30 or that you are in your early 30s anymore. It just feels older, and I don't like it. I'm trying to intone my grandmother's mantra, "Age is just mind over matter. If you don't mind, it don't matter." I'm trying not mind, and I'm trying to have it not matter, but today it does. Tomorrow will be better.

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