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sirensix
01-23-2006, 07:18 PM
When you hit 27 or 28, start "rounding off." Exaggerate. Tell people you're 30 while you still have the secret inner comfort of "but I'm not really." By the time you actually turn 30, you'll have been telling people you were 30 for so long, it won't even be traumatic anymore.

It worked for me, apparently. Today feels just like any other day.

Jaycinth
01-23-2006, 07:35 PM
Yep. When I was 25 I started telling people 30. When I was 29 I started 35 (See I NEVER had to turn 30) People ( except my single friends who didn't want guys they were dating to think they were old so the fiction of me being old enough to babay sit them came to play) kept telling me how young I looked and kept guessing my age at below what it really was.

At 38, I became 45. But that Had to stop. I mean when I'm 50 I don't want to tell someone I'm 60 then have them go "oh , yeah, well you look good."

So now I am officially 18 years older than my oldest child.... forever.

( what? huh? Oh me....I'm 21)

Shadow_Ferret
01-23-2006, 07:40 PM
I have yet to hit an age that I think is significant enough worry about.

But then I have such a bad memory I have to ask my wife how old I am.

StoryG27
01-23-2006, 07:51 PM
I always accidentally lie to make myself older. I guess I'm always thinking ahead. When I turned 26, I thought, gee, next year I'll be 27. Now that I'm 27, I think about being 28 and so when people ask...I forget and say I'm 28, even told someone I was almost 30 the other day ('cuz, IMO, it really is true) and he said, "Really? You look 16." I don't think that was a compliment.

So, did you turn 30 today??

If so, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

If not, please ignore the above.

BradyH1861
01-23-2006, 08:08 PM
I am 27, but I feel 60.

September skies
01-23-2006, 08:58 PM
LOL - I tell people who ask how old I am that I'm almost 50. (I'm 47) They ALWAYS say NO WAY - and I can proudly say, yea. I love the expression it causes. I was told just last week that I looked 35 by someone (a female, too) and if I'm all dressed up, I think I look about 40 or so.
My voice is very young sounding - or at least I have been told over and over again that my voice is quite pleasant. (Its on six or seven different business phones in town -- and a few commercials)
my kids laughed recently when a Starbucks guy was flirting with me on the intercom -- until we pulled up to the window and he saw me and the look on his face (and coworkers laughing) was actually pretty funny. He couldn't even look me in the eye and a co-worker had to come and finish my transaction. It was hilarious.
I don't mind my age at all - never have. I liked turning 30 and I think I'll enjoy turning 50.

Jaycinth
01-23-2006, 09:01 PM
I am 27, but I feel 60.

It's that bananna. It ages you.

MadScientistMatt
01-24-2006, 06:57 AM
HAPPY 30TH BIRTHDAY!!!

I haven't reached that point yet, but I don't think it will be such a big deal for me. With my timing, I'll still have to wait another year before I can run for Senate anyway. :)

And my wife is already over 30 and still looks fabulous.

robeiae
01-24-2006, 07:22 AM
People tell me I act like I'm 13 all the time, but I don't think it's a compliment.

Seriously, I turned 40 in October. No biggie. At least I'm not 47! :D

Happy Birthday, Sirensix!

Rob :)

Sarita
01-24-2006, 07:31 AM
I turned 29 in October and swore it was 30. Finally, my husband reminded me that it was only 29. I think the trauma of 30 was lost on that birthday and I wont mind it so much when it comes around this year.

poetinahat
01-24-2006, 07:51 AM
Happy birthday!

I still don't get the idea of turning thirty being traumatic, but I don't want to be argumentative.

What I did do was beat people to the punch, by throwing myself a massive party when it happened. At forty, I really didn't care, so I had another party, but had friends around just because I wanted them there.

Of course, if it really is a numbers thing, you can always convert to hexadecimal... which instantly makes you, um, let's see... 1E...

But that way, you're not "30" until you're actually 48!

(crawls back under rock)

robeiae
01-24-2006, 07:53 AM
What about in binary?

poetinahat
01-24-2006, 07:53 AM
Ha! Happy 11110th birthday!

blisswriter
01-24-2006, 09:26 AM
When I was a young girl, I thought I wanted to be dead at 40. Not because I thought 40 was old in terms of years but I just thought 40 years was long enough to do all the things I'd planned to do.

Well the joke was on me. http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/tongue.gif I'll be 39 this year and my to-do list is still growing.

I don't recall being traumatized by any of my birthdays. Like someone else mentioned, I can't always remember my age right off hand. For me, it's just a number used as part of a way to identify me... http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteShrug.gif

blisswriter
01-24-2006, 09:29 AM
Oh! Was this a birthday thread?

Happy Belated Birthday Sirensix!http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/EmoteHug2.gif


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BradyH1861
01-24-2006, 09:31 AM
I turned 29 in October and swore it was 30. Finally, my husband reminded me that it was only 29. I think the trauma of 30 was lost on that birthday and I wont mind it so much when it comes around this year.

You don't look a day over 21.:D

louisgodwin
01-24-2006, 09:56 AM
Happy Thirtieth, sirensix. Just 3 & 1/2 months and I'll be right there with you!

September skies
01-24-2006, 10:11 AM
At least I'm not 47!

Hey! http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/images/smilies/emoticoncry.gif

poetinahat
01-24-2006, 10:16 AM
Yeah... how do you enjoy being 53, Rob? ;)

Carole
01-24-2006, 03:01 PM
Most of the time I am mistaken for being younger...BUT..last week one of the "girls" in the office made a remark about what it's like to be "older" and that I was probably about her age and all...(She's in MENOPAUSE!!) I told her I was 37 and her jaw hit the floor and out came a flurry of apologies. I must have been really having a bad day that day for her to think I was more than ten years older than I really am. I wanted to cry.

I forgot to mention that she said this after I told her how old my boys are...maybe I didn't look older...maybe she just assumed it because my oldest son is 18.

StoryG27
01-24-2006, 05:02 PM
I must have been really having a bad day that day for her to think I was more than ten years older than I really am. I wanted to cry.

I forgot to mention that she said this after I told her how old my boys are...maybe I didn't look older...maybe she just assumed it because my oldest son is 18.

Oh, that is a good possibility.

People who meet me and don't know I have kids, usually guess me anywhere between 19 and 22. People who know I have a 9 yr. old and a 7 yr. old, think I must be at least 30. I just shrug because 27 is close enough to 30 that I won't correct them.

Knowing the ages of my two kiddos, makes about a decade of difference in people's assumption of my age.

sirensix
01-24-2006, 08:47 PM
Wow!!! Thanks for all the birthday wishes! Being fairly new here, I thought this thread would just sink into oblivion quietly with no fanfare. I feel all happy and loved now.
:Hug2:

arrowqueen
01-25-2006, 01:44 AM
Belated Happy Birthday.

You can always claim to be 21 and a few months. (Ok, 108 to be precise - but who's counting?)

Lisa Y
01-25-2006, 03:43 AM
When I turned 40, I comforted myself with the following:

I no longer had to worry about turning 40

I wasn't turning 50

It could be worse- if I were a dog, I'd have been turning 280

An entire aisle of beauty products with "line-minimizing" and "age-defying" opened up to me and said "buy me"

Donald Trump would pay big time for me...if I were a bottle of wine (I guess as a woman, I'm about 20 years too old)

I can start participating in beauty contests for those hairless wrinkle dogs and I have a good chance of winning

Sigh...it's not much, but it helped ease the transition...well, that and the case of Absolut

Yeshanu
01-25-2006, 03:52 AM
Belated Happy Birthday, sirensix.


Knowing the ages of my two kiddos, makes about a decade of difference in people's assumption of my age.

Not me. When I tell people I have a twenty-year-old son, I often have to pick a jaw up off the floor. (Theirs!) When I was pregnant with my second child (I was 28) one of my McD's co-workers asked me what high school I went to! I'm forty-five and glad to be here.

But I've stopped counting. When I turned 39 a few years back, my mother sent me a birthday card. In it she had written, "Now you're the same age as I am." :tongue

Pat~
01-25-2006, 04:21 AM
Happy Birthday, Sirensix!

Birthdays don't bother me, though they make me feel a bit schizoid--I seem to feel less like my age with each passing year. I used to be bothered by wolf whistles, etc., but I have to admit, the older I get the more I get a kind of perverse satisfaction over getting 'hit on'. It's like, 'if you only knew I could be your mother...' :scared:

DenimSoul
01-25-2006, 06:22 AM
Happy Birthday. Personally I love birthdays. Not just mine ((SMILE)) but everyone elses too. It's a happy day. Your day. It's all about you. Plus this is the way it works in life: A. You either get one year older or B. You get 6 feet under. So celebrate that you've been successful at staying alive and look foward to the great things coming up next.