I really love this quote that I found on my birthday; it fits perfectly. I’ve never been someone who is afraid of getting older, mostly because I don’t feel (or look) my age. In fact, I really enjoy each new birthday, since it’s always been my own private holiday. This year was no exception.
While the actual day of my birthday (July 2nd) was pretty calm, and a bit boring, if I’m honest, the days leading up to and around my birthday were phenomenal. I was taken to happy hour, two dinners, and had a really nice date (more on that in a minute). I received so many great presents, and I feel really grateful for the outpouring of love that everyone showed me.
What a transformation I’ve made from this year to last. Last year on my birthday, I was just about 6 weeks post-op. I felt great and had so much hope for what I would be able to accomplish over the next year. Even I had no idea just how fantastic things would become:
This year I am feeling and looking my best. I am at a really healthy weight, am able to accomplish fitness goals that I’ve never before even attempted, and I just feel amazing. I’m living the life I always hoped for myself, right down to the fact that I’ve started dating a really great guy.
I don’t want to go into much detail, because we’re still in the very early stages, but I really like him and the feeling seems to be mutual. When friends have asked me in the past what I’m looking for in a guy, he meets every single one of the things on my wishlist, right down to the fact that he’s Italian. He’s smart, well educated, has a great job, has finesse and class, enjoys sports (and roots for the same teams that I do!) and he even has a dog. We live within 5 minutes of each other, and have a lot of things in common. He’s completely chivalrous and treats me so well. Beyond that, he makes my heart skip a beat and puts a permanent smile on my face. I love that we met at the beginning of my summer vacation and we have all summer to get to know each other and go on fantastic dates all around the Bay Area. It’s been years since I’ve felt this way about anyone, and I really don’t want to jinx anything. But suffice it to say, I’m really happy.
I have a great feeling that this 43rd year of mine is going to be the best one yet!