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One Moment, Please... So, this is 40?

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

No, I’m not talking temperature. I’m talking about my age. But, I’m guessing that after nearly a week of being held hostage to an arctic blast, a number like 40 sounds pretty good. That’s 40 degrees to the positive.

Isn’t it amazing how we adapt to our environment so quickly? With negative temperatures dropping to 10, 30 and even 50 degrees below zero with the windchill factor, 20 degrees above zero seems like a heatwave.

But, enough about the weather. I think we’ve talked about the weather plenty over the past several weeks.

I’d rather talk about birthdays. This past week, this Capricorn turned 40 years of age.

My wife asked me if I wanted to have a big party or something special, and I told her I would prefer to step into my 40’s quietly. She told me that it would be hard to put together any surprise party, because I’d probably find out.

Well, my plan was working to some degree until I found out on Saturday that my wife worked closely with our team at the newspaper to publish an ad letting everyone know that I was turning 40. Such trickery!

The paper had gone to press, and that one page was somehow guarded from my vision. Kudos team!

As I have been gaining in years, adding more rings like a tree, my personal evolution has been more like a slow trickle effect. It’s not like I woke up on my 40th birthday and suddenly felt older. I think age is relative to how you take care of yourself and how old you actually feel.

I have come to realize that I need more sleep and I can’t stay up too late or I’ll pay for it the next day. As a matter of fact, I have even set an alarm on my phone for bedtime. Yes, I have a bedtime alarm, and when that goes off at 10 p.m. each night it’s time for me to hit the sack. Otherwise, I fear I’ll turn into a pumpkin the next morning. Of course, this means that I haven’t stayed up to see the ball drop for a New Year’s Eve party in a number of years.

Ironically, while I am hitting the pillow earlier these days, I am also getting up earlier. My biological clock starts ringing between 4:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. every morning, weekdays or even on the weekend.

As my wife and I were talking about the beginning of my 40’s, she said that she felt like we were still both in our 20’s. And, I agree that I don’t necessarily feel any older. Again, it’s all relative.

I talked to my children about my shiny new number, and I told my daughter that I would be 71-years-old when she turned 40-years-old some day. To our children, these numbers seem unreal and even unattainable. I suppose those big numbers seemed the same way to me when I was their age.

Well, I still try to live by the words my Grandma Mary Jane Sethre would say to me when I was a kid. “If you don’t learn something new each day of your life, then you have wasted that day.”

I have learned a lot over the past 40 years, but I still have much more to learn in the days and years ahead.


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11:55:11, Jan 10th 2014

traci says:
Nice writing Jason, as usual. The key is how you feel and take care of yourself physically and mentally! Happy birthday by the way! Welcome to the 40's.

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