I’m in solid reflection mode this week (actually this month) and I’m sure it has a lot to do with being 40. Ack. Now you know. I’d hide it forever if I could, but since my oldest has just finished college, it’s more embarrassing to try and pass myself off as mid-30s then it is to just embrace being 40+. It’s great to look young(ish) for your age, but no one wants to be mistaken for the Original Teen Mom (not that there’s anything wrong with that, but for me, high school was angst filled enough as it was…).
I wandered onto this blog >> http://40goingon28.blogspot.com – completely at random – and thanks, of course to Twitter (but we’ve firmly established my social media obsession already). So I wander onto this really cool blog, about a really cool city (I’m originally a Bay Area gal, doncha know), and find that here’s someone who’s managed to stay on the edge of hip, even at 40.
Oh, yeah, for sure, not a claim to fame, there are plenty of others. But not as many as I’d like to think, and I lost my calling card somewhere on the road between 35 and 40.
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried to figure out what to wear to a rock concert at 40.
So I’m reading this uber cool blog and flipping channels and Fight Club is on. I’m not a die hard fan, but I enjoyed it when it first came out. Which led me to thinking about Trinity, The Matrix, women-as-strong-role-models and how cool that whole entree into the 21st century Mod Life was.
Where’s the place in the world where I can be a 40 year old mother of four, urban transplant to suburban, art & science loving writer, and still love Fight Club?
Where, I ask you.
Don’t know? Me either.
But that’s where I want to live.
I’ve never been super cool, or super hip, so I really shouldn’t put that much pressure on myself. But if you’re young, take heed, one never gets over the urge to at least try to be somewhat edgy (whether that’s trying to be the opposite of cool or trying to pretend like you don’t care or sitting on the stoop posing as a hipster) – there’s an inner you that never goes away. Even when the world views you as something other those aspirations.
In another life, I’ll choose to come back as an actress (another dream I never pursued) and spend my days being every cool character they can think to put up on the screen.