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It’s my birthday and I’ll be happy if I want to

I got up from the chair in front of my computer this morning (very slowly and a bit painfully) and I thought: “I’m going to blog about me today”.

It’s that time of year when I run out of fingers and toes when counting my new age, again. I’m a year older than Andre Aggassi, Kelly Holmes, Macy Gray and  Uma Thurman,  and a year younger than singers Kylie Minogue  and Anastasia.

The day I was born: The Beatles “Get Back” was number 1 in the UK music charts, Patrick Troughton was Doctor Who.  Seven  weeks later, man set foot on the moon for the first time: a few months later the Woodstock Festival happened.  Sesame Street and Scooby-Doo  were aired for the first time.   Harold Wilson was in Number 10, Nixon was in the White House, US troops were still in Vietnam. A few months before, Elvis has just recorded “Suspicious Minds”. The Beatles had already played their last live performance,  on the roof of  Apple Studios. Concorde had just had its first test flight.

Yes. I’m that old.

I’m definitely starting to enjoy my birthdays rather than being disappointed by them (ages 15 to 37), or dreading them (ages 28 to 31, and 36 to 39). Has the occasion changed or have I?

Me, definitely me.

I’ve learnt to ask for what I want, to say no to what I don’t want, and I’ve found (and hung on to) people who are happy to hug me on “National Claire Day”. As you may have spotted in my posts, I’ve had a child and work-stress free year (almost a year) now that my children are both away at university (proud Mom moment, sorry), so I’ve had a lot of time to think, and work things out in my head.

I’m a lot more together today than I have been for years, and more content too.  I’ve accepted myself (cliché moment, I know) and I’m working with what I’ve got (or with what I am) instead of trying to be the same as everyone else. I’m never going to be great at remembering things (apart from completely random and useless stuff) so I’ve stopped trying to remember and trained myself to record the important stuff instead.

I now take (lots of) pleasure in (lots of) little things and have let go of a lot of the “stuff” that was making me unhappy. OMG, I’ve finally grown-up!  🙂

One of my friends sent me this:

If you want to see other things that make me happy, just click on the links to my facebook page or my etsy favourites and you’ll see lots of things that put a smile on my face.

I’m being taken out to dinner tonight by my fiancé, Mr CB, so I’m off to get myself dressed up.

Happy (43-year-old) ClaireBear

Aging Sucks (catatonicinmyhead.wordpress.com) my heart goes out to her, I used to be incredibly disappointed too
Happy Birthday to me (oldmdgirl.blogspot.com)
Birthdays are good for you (captainofthissurvivorship.wordpress.com)
Happy Birthday Astrid! (kipsoton.wordpress.com)

My birthday last year

Happy Birthday to me (living in interesting times)

28 responses to “It’s my birthday and I’ll be happy if I want to

  1. Oh Sew Tempting May 31, 2012 at 22:45

    It’s just a number. How you feel is most important. The only age related scary moments I have are about “Where did that year go” and “Surely it can’t be ten years since……”
    Happy birthday Claire Bear 🙂 Avis x

    • Handmade by Claire Bear June 1, 2012 at 11:37

      I had a major freak-out over my age back when I was in my late 20’s. I couldn’t even admit to being 29, because that meant that it was only a year before I was 30. For some reason turning 30 was a huge thing.
      By comparison 40 was easy and I don’t mind about my age now, possibly because no-one can ever believe how old I am. Suggestions are usually 3 to 5 years under my age, and I’m happy that I don’t look (of act) like an old crone.
      I suppose I’m now of the option that birthdays are an indicator of survival, and a great alternative to not being alive.
      Thanks for commenting. I completely agree about “where did the time go, surely it can’t be that long since…”

  2. Carolyn June 2, 2012 at 00:16

    Happy Birthday for yesterday Claire. 🙂 Hope you had a lovely day. A nice philosophical piece for your blog… and why not, they are personal after all. 🙂 I like to look at it as in chapters of your life rather than age. And it sounds like you’re in a good place right now. 🙂 Time for some Claire time.

    P.s. Lovely photo of you. 🙂 xx

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      (I have also emailed these instructions to you, but the email bounced back as undeliverable)
      Hope this helps.

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