Happy Birthday to Me!

by Zen Gray

Happy Birthday!For the past couple years, I’ve been telling myself that I’m forty so I wouldn’t freak out when the actual day came.

Last night at 11:18am, my parents called to sing “Happy Birthday!” to me like they do every year. (It was 1:18am where they live… the exact moment I was born forty years ago.) I laughed, thanked my parents, told them I loved them and hung up. Then I turned to David and said, “I’m no longer thirty-something…” and my eyes began to tear up.

I’m not sure why I got emotional. Perhaps it’s because I thought my life would be very different. I remember putting “over the hill” signs on our front lawn when my dad turned forty. He was so old! I don’t feel old at all. And I always thought I’d have the house and kids by now, too. It’s just different than I thought… but in many ways, my life is so much better than I expected.

I have a wonderful fiance who loves me, makes me laugh, goes dancing with me and supports me. We have an amazing puppy that is so sweet, happy, obedient and house trained. My career is fulfilling and full of opportunities. My friends and family are healthy and I’m incredibly lucky to live someplace beautiful and sunny most of the year. Life’s pretty great… so what’s with the water works?

It’s no secret that most women like to hide their age. We certainly want to look and feel as young as possible. Perhaps it’s the Hollywood thing, too. Most actresses I know lie about their age simply because it could help their chances of getting a killer role. I get it.

Demi over 40 looks gorgeous!

But wouldn’t it be great if we all fessed up and said, “Hey, this is what forty looks like!” I know plenty of hot sixty-year-olds so I know it’s possible to have a great ass no matter how old I get. Plus, I’m thankful for all the laser advancements and cosmetic beauty pioneers like Cher and Demi. I’m not sayin’ I’m getting some work done… I’m just happy there are lots of options out there for the possibility of a quick nip n’ tuck if I so choose.

Now that I think about it, when I blow out my candles today I might just end up thinking “Thank You!” instead of making a wish.

Well, I’ve got to get ready for the incredibly sophisticated day I have planned… I’m off to Disneyland!

Wishing YOU a wonderful day full of love,

~Zen

Miley and Cher both look hot.

Miley and Cher both look hot.

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6 Comments to “Happy Birthday to Me!”

  1. Happy Birthday! What great insight you have…I remember crying when I turned 27 because my life wasn’t what it was “supposed” to be, but then I realized that I was happy exactly the way it was! Now, as 40 looms off in the distance for me, I will remember to be thankful for making it to 40 instead of seeing as “the end!”

    • Love it! I remember having a breakdown one night when I was only 22 years old… and watching “It’s a Wonderful Life!” I wasn’t doing what I was “supposed” to be doing either and then changed my career just a mere 8 years later… lol. Forty is pretty good so far 🙂

  2. Z! I have never seen a hotter 40 year old woman then yourself!!! No nips and tucks for you any time soon dear! You look fabulous!!!

  3. Can you please erase this comment Z…Slight typo ;)! LMAO

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