30 comments on 46

When I was on the cusp of 40, the mother of an old friend told me that her 40s were her favorite years. “I had good health as when I was younger,” she said, “but my career had hit its stride and so I finally had the money to enjoy it.”

I’m 46 today, which places me well into the back half of my middle decade, It turns out that my friend’s mom was right. But more than that, my 40s have brought maturity and peace. I wouldn’t trade those for one minute of being twentysomething again. Bring on the graying temples.


30 responses to “46”

  1. Tina Gasperson Avatar

    Happy birthday! Maturity brings a settled peace with it.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Tina!

  2. Gerald Avatar

    Hey, happy birthday Jim!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks man!

  3. Richard Avatar

    Happy birthday Jim.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Richard!

  4. vanilla Avatar

    You are blessed indeed! Happy birthday; may it be the beginning of another excellent year.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you! Here’s hoping.

  5. hmunro Avatar

    Happy birthday, Jim! And here’s to the next 46. Cheers!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I can’t imagine 92! Nobody in my family has ever lived that long!

      1. hmunro Avatar

        All the more reason to boldly go where no Grey has gone before, Jim! :D

  6. Steve Miller Avatar
    Steve Miller

    Have a most excellent day, and then a few more!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Steve!

  7. Jennifer S Avatar

    Happy birthday, and I agree!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Absolutely! :-)

  8. Sandy Avatar

    Happy birthday Jim! I couldn’t agree more with this post. Funny that I was talking to someone about this very same feeling this morning. Looking forward to the rest of my 40s. Here’s to the Fabulous 40s and to a Fabulous Birthday for you!… and yes, to the next 46 years!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Sandy! Yep, the 40s are fab.

  9. Ward Fogelsanger Avatar
    Ward Fogelsanger

    Happy birthday!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Ward!

  10. pesoto74 Avatar

    Happy Birthday Jim. 50’s aren’t bad either.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Something to look forward to, then.

  11. kiwiskan Avatar

    I loved the forties as well – somehow you have reached a place where you are more comfortable with yourself… Happy birthday

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yeah. So much anxiety and worry just fades during these years. It’s great.

  12. Moni Avatar

    Happy birthday! I agree. The forties are the best.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! Better than the 20s and 30s by any measure.

  13. Bernie Kasper Avatar

    Wait till you hit the fifties then come and talk to me buddy …just kidding Happy Birthday !!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Heh. My 50s are just four short years away!

  14. Carole Avatar

    All of the decades are good…different…many pros & cons with each…but GOOD. Relish them all as each new chapter in this ‘ol life is worth experiencing!
    Late, but Happy Birthday!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Well, my 30s were mighty dreadful, thanks to some unfortunate circumstances in which I found myself.

  15. Carole Avatar

    Sometimes, time gives one better perspective. I was taught that we are supposed to be thankful for everything…dreadful included. Every experience is to be learned from to make us better human beings, thus, all decades are good – even with the bad times.
    Rejoice in your birthday! Look where you are at! Life is good!

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