My Birthday Today


#30: As I turn a year older and reflect on age, I don’t mind feeling sturdy.

Actually, it was yesterday, my birthday. It was all right. Forty-six years of this and I’m still standing. Yay me! Something about the number though, it feels like I’ve crossed some kind of threshold. Forty was a “milestone”.  Forty-one wasn’t that far removed from forty.  Forty-two, well, it’s the answer to “life, the universe and everything”.  Forty-three was Richard Petty’s car number.  Forty-four was at least symmetrical, and forty-five had an authoritative ring to it.  But forty-six feels like I’ve crossed the line to finally being on my way to getting old.  Closer to fifty than forty.  Past the half-way point to ninety. Yeesh.

But about it, I am okay with feeling sturdy.  I can still take it, the living, and still function.  That is everything.  There are worse things than being a high-mileage forty-six year old after all. Every day I get to achieve a new personal record for consecutive days lived, if I am sturdy enough.

Photo credit: Todd Mauldin, used with permission

About Todd Mauldin

Todd Mauldin (@mrtavo) is a musician, writer and artist living in Reno, NV. He blogs at


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