It's an odd thing isn't it that for the first few decades of your life you are itching, aching, longing to be a bit older. Old enough to walk to the shop on your own. Old enough to go on the bus into town with your mates. Old enough to have your ears pierced. Old enough to legally drink, drive (although not at the same time obviously!) to get into pubs and clubs, to get jiggy with it.....
|A little worse for wear on my 40th, with my friend Tracy.|
|Sweet 16 - seems 5 minutes ago|
Now as I approach 45 I don't exactly dread birthdays but I don't look forward to them quite as eagerly as I did. Well. I look forward to cards and presents of course (who doesn't?) and the excuse to meet up with friends, invariably for a meal! But the actual fact of getting older just makes me a little bit sad.
So much I still want to do, to see, to experience. So many more places to go, people to meet. Despite Fibromyalgia and a complete lack of spare cash I do love my life and wish it could go on for ever.
Obviously it won't so the older I get the more determined I am not to miss out on any opportunity. I'm doing my best to say YES, even to the things that frighten me. And I would urge you to do the same.
|In the hot seat at Radio Dacorum|
My top tip? I've said it before and I'll say it again - adopt the Dr Pepper approach to life. You know- the advert for the fizzy drink encouraging you to try the distinctive and unique drink with the slogan "what's the worst that can happen ?"
So chanting that slogan in your head, be brave. Book tickets to that blogging conference, smile and say hello to that person in the playground/office/next door you wish you could be friends with, join a skydiving club, apply for that dream job, ask that man/woman out, dance naked in the kitchen, wear your pyjamas out to dinner - whatever it is you want to do but think you shouldn't do for fear of seeming silly. If it's legal and won't hurt you or anyone else - Do it!
You only live once.......