Fretting Over Forty

Friday, 22 May 2015

The countdown is on. In a few short months I will hit the Big 4-0. And I can’t lie and say that I am not a little freaked out over it. But my reasons are a bit… I don't know.

I’m not afraid of getting old, hell, I already feel old. Of course, anyone who really knows me will tell you that I don’t act old. Most days I have a maturity level ranging between ages 9 and 12. Put me in the midst of a stressful day in the office with the other two that make up our Triple Trouble and I might dip even lower.

I am upset about all of the things I wanted to accomplish by now and haven’t as of yet, but even that isn’t what has me the most stressed. Nope, like the good old, Type A, ADHD person I am, I am most freaked out over the thought of a party. 

I can’t remember the last time I had a birthday party. Seriously. It never has really been a requirement for me. Part of that is because since we moved to the UK, I have struggled to find a good group of friends. I have one best friend, but she lives clear across the country. Another part of it is because I don’t really want the fuss of planning something. 

But here I am, looking at one of the big milestones, and thinking that I might just regret not celebrating it. I now have a small group of people at work that I would happily call friends, so that is no longer an issue. The only question is ‘How?’. 

I have spent a week now pinning ideas on Pinterest and thinking about whether we could actually pull them off. Most of them would mean either renting a hall or relying on a good day (not a sure bet thanks to the Great British Weather).

So, I ask you. If you have already celebrated a milestone birthday in style—whether it be 30, 40, 50…. (I’d say 21, but I doubt I have the energy these days for that level of partying)—let me know how you did it and what made it really special for you. I’m still on the lookout for more ideas!

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