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I turn 48 today.

I’ve known many people who wring their hands over the birthdays that end in zero. They’re milestones of getting old, after all. But none of them have bothered me so far — certainly not 20, but also not 30, not 40.

Some odd birthdays have troubled me unexpectedly. 33 was tough. I felt I couldn’t avoid anymore that I was firmly in my adult years. I wasn’t sure I always liked it.

Last year’s birthday, 47, hit me hard too. To my surprise, because my middle years have been the best of my life. But where 46 was “middle aged,” 47 felt like “pushing 50,” and something about 50 feels more old than middle aged. I’m sure that if you’re significantly older than 50, you’re chuckling over that statement. But it got me down for a bit.

I’m good with it now. And if 47 is “pushing 50,” 48 is on the downhill slide, hurtling headlong, picking up speed. Look out, I’m throwing in the clutch.


13 responses to “48”

  1. tina Avatar

    I’ve made it to the other side of 50 and survived. Come on over, the air is much clearer here!
    Happy birthday, Jim.

  2. Richard Armstrong Avatar
    Richard Armstrong

    Jim, It really does fell like it’s downhill once you turn 65, so hang in there you have plenty of really good years to go yet

  3. J P Cavanaugh Avatar

    First, a happy birthday to you. And I see your point. I remember having a similar reaction whenever hitting the “8” of a given decade of age. At 47, I still felt I was in the “mid” stage of my 40s. But 48 was “late 40s” any way I looked at it. Maybe this has been my way of making peace with the decade to come, because like you, the “big 0” years have not been bad for me.

  4. Gerald Avatar

    Happy Birthday Jim. You’re just a whippersnapper – I’m a whole 9 months older than you!

  5. Bob Burt Avatar
    Bob Burt

    It’s only a number! I’m 76 & really enjoying getting to know again the great cameras I knew as a youngster. Nikon, Zeiss, Exakta, Minolta SRT, Spotmatic,
    Enjoy your work – Bob

  6. ambaker49 Avatar

    Happy birthday! My wife and I were married on your 6th birthday.

  7. Christopher Smith Avatar
    Christopher Smith

    Happy Birthday Jim, my 48th seem a long time ago as I’m now 60 but I don’t feel like I’m 60.

  8. Maureen Avatar

    Well, at this rate, it’s going to be an awfully long downhill slide – but happy Birthday anyway. Hope it’s the beginning of heaps of good things.

  9. Bob Dungan Avatar
    Bob Dungan

    Congrats on your birthday. My dad told me he never felt he was as old as he was until he hit 80. May you hit 80 and then some.

  10. Dawn Avatar

    Happy Birthday, lil Jim! 48 is just a baby! Hope your day has been nice. Enjoy your bd weekend.

  11. Jim Grey Avatar

    Thanks everybody! I had a nice day. Spent the evening at the State Fair with my sons and my girlfriend. Perfect!

  12. ambaker49 Avatar

    Nothing like a great birthday to ease “the pain”. When I hit milestone birthdays, it helped to remind myself that I was really only one day older than the previous day. And considering the alternative, it feels pretty good.

  13. davidvanilla Avatar

    Picking up speed, for sure. Out of the blogosphere on your birthday, but sincere wishes are never late. Wishing you a wonderful year as you move toward 49.

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