Last day of 32…

by Christine on March 29th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Good morning Revolutionists!

It’s my last day of being 32 years old. Tomorrow is my birthday, and I welcome being 33 years old with open arms.

I can honestly say that 32 was the best year of my life. I am thinner and fitter than I’ve ever been before. I made my goal weight for the first time in my adult life. I have a wonderful husband that I cherish. I secured a job that I really do enjoy, and I left a terrible job that I hated. We can pay our bills. My family is healthy. I got to go to California for a quick trip to see family I don’t normally get to see–a difficult decision I definitely do not regret. I got to see family and friends from Illinois last summer that I hardly ever get to see. I got to meet a hundred of my husband’s extended family in Ohio that I never met before. My little cousin Seth was born. Our team won at the MIT Mystery Hunt. I spend all kinds of time going out and doing fun things, like concerts and beer tours and trivia nights and game nights. I can honestly say that I am embracing life and loving the hell out of it.

32 wasn’t all great. I was unemployed for a few months of it, which was stressful. My dear Uncle Bob passed away. I didn’t get to see my family enough, although I did get to see them 2-3 times, which is more than most years. My brother struggled to get his teaching certification that he worked so hard for, and is struggling now to find a teaching job in California. I worry about him.

But if I had to tally the bad things against the good things, the good stuff wins every time.

To be honest, it’s been the best year of my life. It’s so good, in fact, that if you offered me $10 million to go back in time and spend a year being 13, 18, 21, or 24 again, I’d say “No, thank you. I like my life perfectly just how it is.” I look back on my growing-up years, and all I remember are the tears, the sadness, the hurt, and the pain. I wasn’t living, not even close. Today, I’m living life to the fullest. It’s a dramatic change, and my dramatic weight loss is only one small part of it.

The best part is that life just keeps getting better and better the older I get. If 32 was a great year, I know that 33 will be even better. I really can’t wait to see what this year has in store for me! Here’s what I envision: a cruise to the Caribbean, a trip to Las Vegas, two trips to Illinois to see my parents. I’m excited to see my in-laws in their new house in Florida. I’m hoping to run a real-life 5K. I want to bicycle at lunchtime, take walks, hike, and go camping on weekends. I want to celebrate the friendships I have. I’m going to watch a few more friends get married to the loves of their lives. I want to kick butt at work and bring in a lot of work for this great company. I look forward to getting a lot of golfing in at work this summer. I can’t wait to celebrate my brother landing his first teaching job. I can’t wait to celebrate my parents quitting smoking after 40+ years of the nasty habit.

My biggest challenge will be balancing my work and personal life in such a way that I can do as much as possible without stressing myself out.

Yeah, 33 is going to rock, just you wait.

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  • Jack Sh*t

    Didn’t Jesus and John Belushi both die at 33. Geez, be careful…

  • Libby

    Happy Birthday, Christine. I am so glad you are finally living the life you want to live and not just existing. What a wonderful gift to yourself.

  • Heather

    Have a wonderful birthday!

  • Heather

    Have a wonderful birthday!

  • Sarah G

    You have arrived!! Happy Birthday Christine! I hope your 33 year is all you hope and dream of!