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Your Heartfelt Age

I don't think I am the age that I am.
I know on paper that I'm 'of a certain age' but in my heart I'm so-o-o much younger. Somewhere around 26.
I look in the mirror and don't understand why I have these lines around my eyes. Recently I found creases on my forehead! On my neck! WHAT?!? Creases?! This is a true "What The F**k" moment.
I know that I don't act my age sometimes because the nurse in the Emergency Room told me so. Or at least she did with her facial expression.
While on vacation, my 10 year old daughter wanted to go skateboarding but none of the kids in the group felt like it. It was sad to watch her mope around so I decided I would join her. I mean hey, I used to love to skateboard! I had a bright yellow fiberglass board with bright red wheels. (Look this up on Google and it comes up under "Memorabilia". I'm not kidding!) I had a long, tall driveway that I would sail down everyday. It was a great feeling.
I headed outside with my daughter and we chose our boards. I take it slow, it's been a lo-o-ong time. I was fine, but also frustrated at how hard it seemed. Where had my center of gravity gone? What's my problem?
As I was stepping off that's when it happened. That board went flying out from under my right foot while I landed solidly on my huge butt. Oh-my-wrist!!! I have yet to break a bone and my left wrist was hurting like a mo-fo. I just smiled. I didn't want my daughter to be nervous. I sat on the ground awhile trying to get my bearings. Did I break my stupid wrist? Geez!
That night I iced my wrist, which was mobile, and took loads of ibuprofen. The next day I went to the ER and was asked how this happened. And that's when I got the look.
Mean! Mean nurse! Don't judge me! I feel 26, don't you understand?
Needless to say, the skateboard and I haven't crossed paths again. However, I'm not going to give up. That's for old people.
How old do you feel in your heart?

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20 comments:

  1. Ouch, did you break it?? Do you have a cast? Can I sign it? LOL...I feel about 8..no really I'd say 25. Last night hubby and I were talking about the good ol days when we were more agile while we watched the Olympics. I was in track and could totally do the hurdles. Now I can't even jump without smacking myself with my own boobs! Pathetic.

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  2. Wait until your boobs sag to your waist. What fun it is to grow old.

    Did you break your wrist?

    I hope you feel better?

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  3. Oh, wow! When does age creep up on us? I still don't feel like an adult, even though I know I look like one and I should be one since I'm a parent and all. Shall we always feel like we're still 8 or 12 or 17 or 25?
    A couple weeks ago I attended a 6yr old birthday party with my son at a place that had a huge indoor play structure (it was a private structure that is rented out by a church -- cleanest place ever!). I was told it was alright for parents to climb, slide, etc. in it, and the parents of the birthday girl said they'd done it before, were planning on going in it, and the other adults would probably go in, too. Well, I was the only adult (40 yrs old and no skinny chicken) who went in! Embarrassing? Yes. Fun? Yes. Made me feel old? Yes. (How come the legs don't bend like they used to? What do you mean I can't get up this incline?). My bad memory is going across the netting and planning on what I'd do if it gave out from underneath my adult weight and I had to hang on until someone rescued me.

    Is the difference between how old we feel and how old we are the reason some people are referred to as "young for their age" or are referred to by others as, "She doesn't even seem like 92! She's so young and active!"

    So, when DO we grow up?

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  4. You didn't break your wrist, did you?

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  5. No, no I didn't break my wrist. Yeah!!!

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  6. My center of gravity has relocated to my waist. I don't remember asking for a second flotation device but somehow it showed up.
    Errr...

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  7. I still feel about 25 when I'm in an important meeting with bigwigs. I feel like the little girl with pigtails who doesn't know what she's talking about. But I am in my 30s and I am also one of the bigwigs!
    Thanks so much for visiting today, I really do appreciate it.
    And I loved your letter to Revlon! You mean I won't look like Halle Berry if I use their foundation? Dang it . . .

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  8. I seriously feel 22. I can pretty much stay up late and do well with coffee in the morning. Now, my drinking age is about 85...I just can't handle the alcohol anymore (or the hangovers). I feel very young at heart but my body tells me a different story...

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  9. Hey, you fall off skateboards with your daughter. Damn, I've never been that young. The last time I fell off a skateboard I was 9. I've got a horrible feeling my reaction was pompous and supercilious even then. I've been wearing a monocle ever since.

    Age is in the mind. Numbers mean bugger all.

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  10. I know the feeling. I am aging on the outside but not feeling it on the inside. I really try not to think about it if possible.

    I took my children roller skating last summer. Yes, I tried. It certainly was not the same as skating when young.

    I love your blog. I found you on the EC.

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  11. Blessed be.

    I know how you feel. I will be 41 this year, but I feel like 25 or so.

    Have a great week.

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  12. Ouuuuuch, Ann! I am glad it wasn't broken!

    In my brain...I am 16. I distinctly remember when I was 16 being anxious to grow up so I would be more confident, less shy, and somewhat socially competent.

    I am still waiting.

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  13. I think I'm the opposite. Somedays I feel like a fossil.

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  14. I feel young and I am young! I don't turn 30 till Halloween. However, a swim student of mine asked me how old I was and was shocked to find out I wasn't older then her 47 year old mom! What the F**K?!

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  15. I had to laugh at your escapade with the skateboard. I had a similar moment with Cupcake the other day when I was showing her how to get on her new big girl bike, by swinging her leg over the back. I didn't quite take a dump, but I had that unstable feeling like "what happened to my perfect balance?"

    I'm not sure I'd ever want to be 20 something again, 40 might be nice though. I try not to think about my age anymore, preferring to feel ageless.

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  16. I have the opposite feeling you have! I feel like I'm much older than I am. I felt like I grew up too fast and I don't do the things my age group does. Life as a young mom, I guess.

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  17. Glad you didn't break it. I don't know how you sucked up the pain for your daughter, but I admire you for it. You've got me pondering - I don't know how old I feel. Sometimes I feel young and immature, sometimes I feel old and boring! BTW, I'm tagging you for a meme, 7 weird things about you. Come check it out on my blog, and then tell us all some more about you!

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  18. Oh no, I hope your wrist is better!!! I was feeling young a few weeks ago - especially when I was asked to be on an adult soccer team this coming spring. But then I found out I have a herniated disc in my neck and I've been feeling ancient! UGH! Just the other day my youngest asked what those lines were on the sides of my eyes too. LOL http://spiceworld.us

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  19. Some days I feel 90. Others I feel 5. If I could only come to a happy medium. OUCH! I hope you are feeling better.
    How about a tame game of virtual tag? I tagged you in my latest blog...
    http://dailyblonde.blogspot.com/2008/08/nonsense-is-completely-unimportant-that.html

    FEEL BETTER young lady!!

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  20. Hi Ann. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    I had to comment on this because I just wrote a post about birthdays and how they make you feel. I'll be 44 in a few weeks. My body and face look and feel older, but my mind refuses to grow up. I was going to say I felt about 25 but honestly I'll say 30. Now the body...well let's just say it's reaching retirement age. However, the wrinkles are just a sign of how happy a person I am because I smile so much! And those gray hairs...natural highlights!

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