Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Happy Birthday to Me…

39 Today!

How do I feel about turning 39? Not too bad at all actually. In addition to getting some wonderful cards from my family this morning, I discovered that I’ve lost a further 2 pounds since last week, and that I can now fit into size 36-inch-waist jeans.

Beyond that, my life is good – I’m living in a place I want to be, with a wife and children I adore, on the road to a career I really want. I am not wealthy, but I have no immediate financial problems, my health is good and, as I type this, the rain has just stopped.

And I’m still in my 30s.

Life doesn’t get much better than this.

I remember a point, 7 years ago, when so much of my life was falling apart - my new business was failing, my daughter had to have open heart surgery (she was only 5 months old), and we were being dragged through hell by one of the family - that I actually said to my wife, “I know that there are people in this world that are far worse off than us, but their number is rapidly diminishing.” The depths of the despair were quite horrific.

But these days I would say the opposite. There may be people in this world who have a better and happier life than me, but at the moment they are fewer than ever.

Of course next year I’ll be 40, at which point I will probably contradict everything I’ve just said.

14 comments:

Naomi said...

Happy Birthday!! are you sure it's not 39 again ;-)

It really does sound like you've reached a really good place in life and congratulations on losing another 2lbs.

El-Branden Brazil said...

Happy birthday! May you have a fantastic year on yet another step to old age!

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you Naomi. And no, it really is 39 for the 1st time :)

Branden - where I lead, you will follow. On this, at least, I will always be a couple of years ahead of you ;)

Amanda said...

Happy Birthday Kim!!! Mine 26th is in 2 days...;) I have been MIA from my blog for a bit but should be getting back to it as I was just "downsized" from my job today...well I will have my birthday off at least! Doing anything fun for the big 3-9?? ;)

Tara Marie said...

Happy 39th Birthday!

May your day be filled with love and wonder and lots of magical delights.

Peace, Tara Marie, who remembers 39 fondly.

Don Q. said...

Happy birthday. Hope all continues to go well.

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you all for your kind wishes. I enjoyed my day, although I had to go to a course in the evening that was running from 6pm to 9pm, however, we're going to go out for a family meal on Thursday evening to make up for it.

Asher Hunter said...

Congrats! I miss my size 36 jeans, can't wait to get back into them. Happy Birthday!

MomTah said...

Happy Birthday Kim! I will be 36 myself on November 5th. Lord knows what type of a mood I'll be in when I post that day! LOL! I'm happy that you are doing well in your life. Send some of those good vibes my way, would ya? :-D

Terri

Belovedlife said...

Congratulations, and happy belated birthday, may the ramblings of the bearded one become more meaningful with each passing day, may you continue down the path of least resistance and find only happiness this year and for years to come.

Kim Ayres said...

Thank you Asher, Momtah and Belovedlife. I had a great day!

BStrong said...

Happy Birthday Kim. Numbers don't mean much to me anymore. As you know I'm 34 but feel like a 22 year old, just a little stronger and wiser. I wouldn't want to be in my twenties anymore.

Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you.......blah blah blah, you look like a monkey and smell like one too.

Cheers,
B

Julana said...

Belated Happy Birthday--

don't worry about 40. It's not so bad.

Kim Ayres said...

Well, I've been in my 30s for 9 years now, so I guess I'll be ready for a change next year :)