In 40 short years I have gone from being this insatiably curious child:
to being this insatiably curious middle-aged woman:
No matter how old we get, some things never change.
Forty years ago today, at 4:36 pm, I was born in Carbondale, IL. The hospital where I was born was condemned and demolished shortly after my birth, thereby making me the only Gwendolyn ever born there. And today at 4:36 pm I will officially be half-dead. Assuming, you know, that I'm not brought down earlier by liver failure, a heart attack or lung cancer. (Oh, the irony!)
Women are most fascinating between the ages of 35 and 40 after they have won a few races and know how to pace themselves. Since few women ever pass 40, maximum fascination can continue indefinitely.
- Christian Dior
Over the past week, affectionately dubbed Rock Star Birthday Princess Week, I have been inundated with love and hugs, gifts and accolades, and wonderfully inappropriate advances. While at times it was overwhelming, I loved every single second of it. Many, many, many thanks to all the people who have sent cards and gifts, thrown and/or attended parties, called to congratulate me for surviving this long, written on my Facebook wall, told me how great I look for being so old, lavished me with gifts, and just generally been completely made of win. I love you all.
Today's astrology reading which is spooky in its accuracy, except for the quiet part:
You are very strong-willed and proud, but intensely private and not easy to know well. Behind your quiet exterior lies a great deal of emotional depth, sensitivity, complexity, and also fierce determination. When you want something you go after it rather quietly but insistently and wholeheartedly - and you usually get it.
You are, in many ways, an eternal child. Your mind is bright, alert, curious, flexible, playful, and always eager for new experiences - and your attention span is often quite brief. You grasp ideas quickly and once your initial curiosity has been satisfied, you want to go on to something else. You crave frequent change, variety, meeting new situations and people.
I discovered yesterday that my favorite local columnist, Bob Rybarczyk, is my birthday twin. (Happy Birthday, Bob!) His column, published yesterday, hit the nail square on the head: Forty doesn't feel old; forty isn't old. Never before in my life have I been this self-aware and confident and fulfilled. I wouldn't turn back the hands of time for anything. All the hard work and strife and disappointments needed to happen for me to become the woman I am today.
Other celebrities who share my - our - birthday:
Anderson Cooper, Deniece Williams, Alan Ginsberg, Tony Curtis, Josephine Baker, and Dr. Drew.
A nice list, if I say so myself.
Here's hoping I make it to 100 with my joie de vivre intact!