This year I decided I’m not turning 42 years old.
I’m not rewinding or stopping the clock either. I’m simply taking a different approach to this midlife mark. In case you’re new here, back in 2013 I was about to turn 40 years old so introduced Figuring Out 40. It was a coping mechanism that I flipped into a blogging opportunity!
Usually terms about my age don’t bother me. But this year, 42 just started to sound weird and awkward. Especially when people ask how old I am. They never believe I’m 41 or about to turn 42. (Thank you Baby Jesus and my Mom for smooth skin!) Then, if they see me with my husband who’s nine years younger, they never detect an age gap. Whew!
There are words women over 40 have to cope with that bother me to my core like, Advanced Maternal Age. I noticed it on my medical chart at my last mammogram. So I came up with some alternative descriptions to describe a “geriatric pregnancy.”
So instead of turning 42, I decided that it is the…….20th anniversary of my 22nd birthday.
Yeah. laugh if you want. But it’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
What’s weirder is that I don’t really remember my 22nd birthday. I know I’d just graduated from Hofstra University and I was about to go off to graduate school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I was probably wrapping up my work as a telemarketer at Chemical Bank (now Chase) and preparing to move across the country. Little did I know that would be the first of five more moves in 20 years.
Back then I was probably 40 pounds slimmer and full of potential. My, how things have changed! The weight part, not the potential.
I had no idea my journalism career would have my work featured on Dateline NBC, The View or earn an Emmy award for my station’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Are you a mid-life mom? Join me every Monday when I tackle this topic on the blog and the Mommy Talk Show Facebook page. I think I’ll do something about skin care over 40 next, since I’ve been fortunate enough to review great skin care lines and even received Boots Skin Care as a giveaway when I was in the audience at The View. We had a blast! Subscribe to get hot topics delivered to your inbox. You can also catch up on the rest of the Figuring Out 40 topics I started sharing in 2013.