When I’m 50…

When I’m 10 it’ll be like I’m an adult. That second digit will make all the difference.

Well, the second digit is cool and all, but I think I’ll keep playing with my toys, thank you!

When I’m 20 I’ll really be an adult. Except for the drinking age thing, obviously.

And finishing college. And taking on full responsibility for my life. Maybe later.

When I’m 30 I’ll be a full-on adult. I mean, it’ll be the year 2000 a few days later. A whole new world!

Sure, I’ve been married for six years, have a two-year-old and a six-month-old, but my favorite things to do are to play with my daughters. This 30 thing isn’t all that — I’m not really as adult as I expected.

When I’m 40 I’ll have dropped all pretense and embraced my adulthood.

Today is my 40th birthday. I have quite a few trappings of adulthood, it seems. But some of them don’t quite seem to fit right. The responsibilities are fine, it’s more the attitude that sometimes seems off. My children see it when I attempt to be stern and they catch me smirking. My wife sees it in moments of impish candor. My friends catch glimpses at times of relaxed glee. I’m sure my parents probably see it all the time, though I’m not sure their perspective is very reliable. 🙂

Adult or not, what I am most is happy. Happy to have the family I have (both immediate and extended). Happy to have the friends I have (both local and remote). Happy to have had the life I’ve had so far (both the adventures and the mundane).

I’m glad to say that it is already a Happy Birthday for me. And when I’m 50 — which is a startling number to even contemplate — and the father of two girls in their early 20s… never mind, I’m not going to think about that just now. 🙂

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  1. #1 by Rachel on December 20, 2009 - 1:21 pm

    I hope you have the bestest 40th birthday ever. Ya old man.

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    • #2 by Ren on December 20, 2009 - 11:49 pm

      Rachel – I’ve had a great day. Combine that with last weekend’s trip and it has been a wonderful birthday. Add in all the other travels and such and wonderful people I’ve met and it’s been a great 40th year for me.

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  2. #3 by Lisa on December 20, 2009 - 1:47 pm

    Happy Birthday, Ren! Welcome to the 40’s – you’re going to love it, I promise! I dropped all pretense of maturity when I turned 40. I hope your birthday is covered in awesomesauce!

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    • #4 by Ren on December 20, 2009 - 11:49 pm

      Lisa – Awesomesauce, indeed!

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  3. #5 by Dave2 on December 20, 2009 - 2:36 pm

    Happiest of birthdays to you, my friend!
    .-= Dave2´s last blog ..Redoubt =-.

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    • #6 by Ren on December 20, 2009 - 11:51 pm

      Dave2 – Thank you very much!

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  4. #7 by kilax on December 20, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    Happy Birthday! I think it is important to focus on happiness and the fun things in life… no point in being serious all the time. Have a great day 🙂
    .-= kilax´s last blog ..Training Week 9 =-.

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    • #8 by Ren on December 20, 2009 - 11:53 pm

      kilax – It has been a wonderful birthday. And don’t worry, focusing on happiness and fun is something at which I excel. 🙂

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  5. #9 by Sarah on December 20, 2009 - 7:58 pm

    Happy Birthday! I hope today was a fantastic day for you!
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Christmas Cookies =-.

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    • #10 by Ren on December 20, 2009 - 11:53 pm

      Sarah – Yup, fantastic; thanks!

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  6. #11 by Avitable on December 20, 2009 - 10:06 pm

    Happy birthday, you old fucker.
    .-= Avitable´s last blog ..My review of Avatar (Spoiler Free) =-.

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    • #12 by Ren on December 20, 2009 - 11:54 pm

      Avitable – I can’t argue with that. 🙂

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  7. #13 by Ben on December 20, 2009 - 11:11 pm

    Happy Birthday (again)! That was one of the best adult birthday parties I think I’ve ever been to. Great food, drinks, people and my first Robotron in perhaps a decade! Great way to kick off the steady decline!

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    • #14 by Ren on December 20, 2009 - 11:55 pm

      Ben – Glad you could make it; I had a blast! I played Robotron once but it was Centipede that really triggered the nostalgia for me.

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  8. #15 by Finn on December 21, 2009 - 9:23 am

    Happy (belated) Birthday! And welcome to your forties. It’s really pretty cool.

    Adam’s full of shit. You aren’t old. I am. 😀
    .-= Finn´s last blog ..I Haz A Sad =-.

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    • #16 by Ren on December 22, 2009 - 11:37 am

      Finn – Thanks! My dad was at my party on Sunday and made a point of calling people out if they referred to me as old. I can’t imagine why. 🙂

      And there’s no way you’re old, either!

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  9. #17 by bubblewench on December 21, 2009 - 10:38 am

    Happy belated Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day!

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    • #18 by Ren on December 22, 2009 - 11:38 am

      bubblewench – I did, thanks!

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  10. #19 by Kevin Spencer on December 21, 2009 - 1:22 pm

    Happy birthday mate.
    .-= Kevin Spencer´s last blog ..The Tree =-.

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    • #20 by Ren on December 22, 2009 - 11:38 am

      Kevin Spencer – Thanks!

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  11. #21 by Poppy on December 21, 2009 - 5:49 pm

    I hope your 40th rocked harder than you ever could have imagined. ❤
    .-= Poppy´s last blog ..No longer =-.

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    • #22 by Ren on December 22, 2009 - 11:38 am

      Poppy – No complaints here. Thanks!

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  12. #23 by Walter on December 25, 2009 - 7:52 am

    Age are just numbers and all shall com to pass. What matters most is to give our full attention to the present moment and do our best with every situation. 🙂

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    • #24 by Ren on December 28, 2009 - 1:13 am

      Walter – Thanks for that and thanks for stopping by.

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