It’s My Birthday and…

photoWell, it’s not quite my birthday (I’m writing this on Wednesday the 18th), that happens the day that this post posts. Yes, at (I believe) 7:50 am PST on June 20th in 1961 I was foisted upon the world.

Yes, I am admitting my real age, and on the internets. I am turning 53.

The weird thing about that is that of course I don’t feel 53, or perhaps this is what 53 is supposed to feel like. Yes, I can tell I’ve slowed a bit and I am not as limber as I used to be, but that’s likely have to do with the fact that I no longer do Yoga, which I should take up again. In my mind I am still 25, although the actual appearance of 25 year olds make me think “Oh these kids..” I look at some of the actors around today and look them up on IMDB and realize that some of them were born when I was in College. Which is fine, but a little strange.

I don’t mean to make this sound like a whine. I am truly blessed in many ways and I am both glad for that and recognize that many aren’t. I have good friends who truly care about me, as I do about them. I have my health when even some of my friends don’t.. I have a job and a roof over my head when I every day see people who don’t, and I think every time how easily that could be me.

I even have all my hair.

Could my life be better? Sure. I could have won PowerBall, bought a condo and a convertible and retired to travel. But that’s a fairy tale that in all likelihood will never come true.

I even have a pretty great perfume collection, even if I am forbidden to wear any at work.

So that’s the state of things as I enter into the 54th year of my like. I don’t know that I need to have 54 more, but I intend to be thankful for the years I have left and enjoy every moment. I hope you all do too.

Oh, and I’m wearing this I am wearing Muscs Koublai Khan. You know I wash going to get perfume in there somewhere, right?

Image: taken by my friend Terre at a dinner with friends to celebrate our friend Max’s 20th birthday.

Diana June 22, 2014

I will be 46 in August and can't believe that its been 28 years since I graduated high school. So unfair that the years fly past while we're toiling away at jobs and chores and not noticing how fast life is zooming by. Hope you get a chance to slow down and enjoy the day to day. I'm glad that you post here. Your thoughts, musings and rantings are much appreciated and bring a bit of joy to my daily grind. Best wishes for a terrific birthday, Tom!

Liz K June 21, 2014

Happy birthday! You smell and look great (and you have much more hair than my thirty something husband).

Beth June 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Tom! I read your posts and find you very amusing :) I'm 56 and I do and say things I thought someone my age would never be doing! xo

Rednails June 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Tom! You and I are the same age. Let's hear it for 1961! You look great and I hope you feel that way, too. We appreciate what you write very much and value your opinions.

Mary K June 20, 2014

Happy birthday, Tom! You look much younger than your years. And happy birthday to Ncmyers, too.

Kandice June 20, 2014

Have a wonderful birthday! I hear at some point you feel like you're in your 30's forever more. I hope that's true for you and that all your dreams come true this year!

Maya June 20, 2014

Happy birthday! My grandmother said, "I feel like a young girl. Then I look in the mirror. Get rid of the mirrors!" Most of us eventually feel this way, so "get rid of the mirrors" and enjoy living.

elvie June 20, 2014

Dear Tom, What a handsome, fragrant guy up there:). I also wish you a happy birthday and many-many happy returns! Indulge in MKK for this special day, and have fun! Life is a miracle. Love, e.

thinkingmagpie June 20, 2014

Happy birthday, Tom! You look great. :) Hope you are having a great day!

Artist June 20, 2014

Have a wonderfully lovely and happiest birthday ever!!!!!

Tara C June 20, 2014

Happy birthday Tom, and ncmyers! Wishing you a beautiful fragrant year ahead!

Ann June 20, 2014

Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Tom! I am pretty near to you in age and don't feel it at all either (except once in a while). What's that old saying, "Age is mind over matter: If you don't mind, it doesn't matter"? Hope you have a fun day filled with many blessings!

australianperfumejunkies June 20, 2014

Woo Hoo BIRTHDAY BOY!! Handsome devil you are. Perfect hair, skin and teeth, you must live in LA. Portia xx

Nemo June 20, 2014

Happy birthday Tom! I hope your upcoming years are as full of friends, fragrance, and good health as your years past. Your hair looks great, too :)

Ncmyers June 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Tom! Not a whine at all but a very thoughtful taking stock. Have a great day. PS it's my birthday too! 48 big ones!

Jamie June 20, 2014

Happy Birthday - 53 the new 33. Age isn't what it use to be - I think we are all younger than our chronological age these days. :)

leathermountain June 20, 2014

So is MKK your birthday scent? Do you always have a birthday scent?

poodle June 20, 2014

I hope you have a very happy birthday with lots of cake and many presents.

jillie June 20, 2014

Many happy returns, and many happy bottles of perfume!

annielill June 20, 2014

PS....You are also,damn good- looking!

annielillnnie June 20, 2014

Tom,you are always,so low-key & pensive....The posts are always interesting,and I love who you are,at 54...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Jennifer Smith June 20, 2014

Happy Birthday Tom! And wishing you many more scent filled years ahead!