Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Reflecting on 30+ Birthdays

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?"
(Satchel Paige)

Consider the question above, and feel free to share your answer and reason with me below. My answer: 27. It's rather arbitrary, but I feel it's a solid age, bordering the mid- to late-20s, when you've had a good deal of adult life experience but your future is still wide open and your body and mind are intact.

I know age is just a number, and some say 30 is the new 20, or 40 is the new 30, but unless they are referring to Hollywood (where some 50-year-old women act and dress like they're 21), I disagree. Once I went from 29 to 30 I wanted to stop counting the years, but truly, as long as my life is full leading up to my senior years, I'll be happy to grow old gracefully.

The Last 5 Years

I didn't have birthday parties as a kid, and as a result, I've never been excited about my own birthday, but as an adult I've definitely had good times celebrating with friends. Looking back on the past several years, I know I have much to be thankful for.

My birthday: 2008-2012
(In 2009, my nephew was just over 1 week old!)

Celebrating with My Husband
On the morning of my birthday, August 1, Sam made me a delicious homemade cronut, stuffed with vanilla pudding, fried in butter, topped with cinnamon sugar, with lemon and vanilla glazes...

That evening, we had dinner at Nobu New York in Tribeca, which was the first time either of had been to a Nobu restaurant, so I'm glad we went to the original...

I also found out that a mystery rose gold watch that was shipped to my office was from Sam...

Thoughtful Friends and Family
Another unexpected package I received contained frozen chocolate-covered bananas, reminiscent of the Bluth banana stand...

I was given several lovely gifts from friends and family, which always takes me by surprise.

Lunch in Brooklyn
On Saturday afternoon, we had a family lunch at Moim, a modern Korean restaurant in Park Slope, and then Belgian waffles from the Wafels & Dinges truck...

Back to Tribeca
My friend Leslie reached out to a bunch of people and organized a great dinner at Macao Trading Co. on Saturday night...

(Bottom left image: Christine M. / Right image: Jennifer C.)

...and drinks and dancing at M1-5. Both places are located in Tribeca (sometimes stylized as TriBeCa, for "Triangle Below Canal Street"), which is close to my office and easy to get to from Brooklyn.

(Top image: Jennifer C.)

Now I want to take the time to reflect on my goals and dreams for this new year of life and the future. I hope that my 30s, 40s, and even further down the road, God willing, will be full of good things and that my marriage, family, and personal and spiritual development will only grow stronger and more fulfilling.

(Image: Pinterest)
(Image: Pinterest)

When I'm 64, I wonder what my life will be like... Until then, I'll try to view each passing birthday as a blessing! So, how old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?


  1. Happy belated B' day!!!!!!!!!!!! Your quote at the top of your post is by one of my favorite pitchers! I hear Satchel Paige didn't know his exact age. Mine would be somewhere in my 30s/

    1. Thank you! Wow, that's interesting... I wouldn't mind losing track of my age, haha. Sometimes I do!

  2. sounds like you had tons of fun on your birthday! sometimes i feel like each kid has aged me at least a few extra years... but hopefully when they are older they will be the ones to keep me young!

    1. Yay for August bdays! I think the chronic sleep deprivation of parenting young children would make anyone feel aged... They're growing up so fast though!

  3. You are so loved Sharon! I truly wish all the best for you and your years to come :) Happy belated birthday!

    1. Thanks, Anita~ you're so sweet! I know you'll do amazing things in your life and I'll be able to say I know you!

  4. Happy Belated Birthday! Great post, and I love your reflection on birthdays. I'm 22, but I wish I was 16- lost in the wonderful world of high school and enjoying the moments of still feeling like a kid. That quote by Earl Nightingale should be the main theme of life. Absolutely love it!
    Simply Akshara


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