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 says:

    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 says:

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

  • Beth says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  • Kandice says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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.


  • Happy birthday, Tom! You look great. 🙂 Hope you are having a great day!

  • Artist says:

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

  • Tara C says:

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

  • Ann says:

    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!

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

  • Nemo says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  • poodle says:

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

  • jillie says:

    Many happy returns, and many happy bottles of perfume!

  • annielill says:

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

  • 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 says:

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