Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Passing of Time

(imagine this sung to a Caribbean beat)
Happy Birthday! To me! *butt shake*
Happy Birthday! To me! *butt shake*
Happy Birthday! To me! *butt shake*
Happy Birthday! To me! *butt shake, butt shake, butt shake*

As of 1:15 PM EDT, I am 27 years old. 27. To my dear husband, who will be 38 on Sunday, I'm still a baby, but 27 is a big deal to me. That's only 3 years away from 30!

I've noticed my perceptions regarding different aspects of life have changed dramatically over the last few years. Time seems to move much quicker now. When thinking in terms of the future, a year doesn't seem so long, a month seems merely a breath away, and a week passes in a blink of the eye. I remember not too long ago it sometimes seemed that a week was nearly for-ev-er!

My perception of emotion is different now, too. I still have the same emotions, and while their strength has not changed, I now have more experience in dealing with my emotions, so they don't seem so grandiose. The example I use is when you're 6 years old, all the adults seem REALLY TALL, but once you're a teen, most of them don't seem so tall anymore. Well, when you're a teen, all your emotions seem REALLY BIG, and sometimes you just know you're not going to survive this one. But most of us do, and by the time 10 years have passed, we usually know we'll survive yet another broken heart or embarrassing moment. The emotions are still as strong, but they're not so overwhelming.

I've been asked several times this morning, "Do you feel any older?" My answer has been the same every time:

I don't feel any older than I did yesterday, but compared to ten years ago, or even a year ago, I definitely feel older. Thankfully I also feel a bit wiser.

6 comments:

Beth said...

OMG...you're just a BABY!!!!!

Happy Birthday To You!!!!!

Colorado Writer said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

XYZinn said...

I turned 30 this year and I can honestly say, it felt the same as my 27th birthday; except for the fact that I had a 19 month old and was 3 weeks away from my baby boy's due date. Happy Birthday! It will be fun to go out and enjoy the night with your husband.
I personally am SOOOO excited for Seattle and for a hotel night away from the kids. It will be hard not to worry about them, but they are going to be in good hands with Grandma.
I am sooo mad about our laptop! AND all of my baby's pictures are on there. I hope someone can salvage them! Ugh. Just another thing to worry about!

Swishy said...

OHHHH! FUN! Happy Birthday ... I hope you're having a great day :)

Andrea said...

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, and yes, to some I'm still a baby and always will be. :)

xyzinn - I really hope someone can retrieve the data for you. I've got my fingers crossed!

Monnik said...

Oh, man. I missed this yesterday. I'm bummed.

Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you had a great one.