I am thirty nine years old today.
Today is the day I finish my third decade on this planet and begin my fourth.
I am often told I look younger than I am and I get a kick out of that every SINGLE time!
I was born in 1973. Or MCMLXXIII if you want to get technical.
In South African history, there were some serious strikes in Durban which had far-reaching effects on unionism in our country, and Sharlto Copley was born. Elsewhere, the Endangered Species Act was passed in the United States and Pablo Picasso died.
The most popular movie released in 1973 was The Exorcist, the Oscar winner for best picture was The Godfather, and Sacheen Littlefeather stood in for Marlon Brando and refused the Best Actor Oscar for Brando’s role in The Godfather, to protest the U.S. government’s treatment of Native Americans.
The Nobel Peace Prize went to Henry A. Kissinger (US) and Le Duc Tho (North Vietnam), and Nixon accepted responsibility for Watergate.
The Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is designed and in 1983 it becomes the standard for communicating between computers over the Internet.
Some of the coolest songs were released in 1973 (according to musicoutfitters.com)! Like Bad Bad Leroy Brown, Crocodile Rock, Will It Go Round in Circles, Smoke on the Water, You’re So Vain, Cover of the Rolling Stone, Kodachrome and and one of my all time favourite pieces of music – Dueling Banjos!
I have done a lot in my thirty nine years… Not nearly as much as I thought I would have done, but a lot nonetheless.
I celebrated my birthday a month ago as having a birthday on this particular date in the year doesn’t bode well when it comes to parties, what with people being on holiday, broke, hungover and otherwise distracted by the festive season…
In all honesty, I am feeling very old… My left knee is shot, my right ankle still aches from when I tore the ligaments, I have a little bit of arthritis-like aches in my fingers sometimes, my back is shot, and I am ri-DICK-ulously overweight. And if there’s one thing I want to fix before I actually turn forty, its my weight.
I am almost ashamed to admit that I have actually had a couple of pity parties all on my own, bemoaning the state of myself and how little I have done with what I have been given… And then I count my blessings and I am pleased with what I have achieved.
I am actively supporting a couple of charities, I am supporting other parents, I am doing what I love to do to make a living, my son is happy and employed, I have a husband I just adore, I have more pets than I ever thought I would want to have, I have a beautiful house, and I am having a blast on social media!
I have the most incredible friends and I have a wonderful family, including the one I married into.
I know who I am and I like who I am. I am learning to mingle with strangers and I am not afraid to stand up for me, or to say no if I have to.
Happy birthday to me.