Has it really been 41 years? Another birthday arrives.

Today I am 41 years old. The idea boggles my mind a bit because I still have a hard time thinking of myself as middle aged. Not that my body hasn’t been trying to convince me of my true age the past year or so. Between my left hip being troublesome and the occasional back spasm (which I’m currently recovering from) I’ve developed a weird problem with the muscles in my arms. Sometimes they will just hurt as through I pulled one of them when doing simple things like stretching or reaching for something. So, physically at least, I’m definitely starting to feel my age, but mentally I’m still not there and with the way things are going I probably won’t ever be there.

We won’t be doing a whole lot today. We started it off by getting up early and heading over to Washtenaw Community College where I registered for my first class in almost 20 years; PC Networking. Chances are I already know most of what it has to offer and I may end up testing out of it, but I’m officially a college student once again. Starting with just the one class to ease my way back into it and will probably take more in the Winter Semester depending on how much and what kind of financial aid I am able to get. Classes are on Tuesday and Thursday starting next week. I’m a tad bit apprehensive, but I’m sure I’ll adjust quickly. On the plus side I can snap up a few certificates while I’m working towards my associates degree and that should help a bit.

After getting all of that out of the way I’m now here at work and things are fairly quiet. Won’t be doing anything special after work in part because we don’t have the money for it. I screwed up and forgot to submit a time sheet last week so I’ll be getting paid for two weeks this week. We already celebrated with my parents two weekends ago and my in-laws this weekend and I got three new PS3 games out of it so I’ll probably spend some time tonight playing with those. Plus I’ve gotten a load of emails from folks wishing me a Happy Birthday so it’s nice to know folks are thinking about me.

That’s it. No great insights on getting older or examples of hard earned wisdom. I’m still chugging along trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.

18 thoughts on “Has it really been 41 years? Another birthday arrives.

  1. Happy Birthday Les! As long as you have good food and good company a party is a party.

  2. Happy B-Day.  Wow.  You’re the same age as me (more or less.. 41 in November)  I always said I’ll count my birthdays until 42 in deference to Douglas Adams.  After that, I figure I’ll see how long I can remain 42 smile

  3. Happy 41st Les!
    I’m 52 myself and I can tell you from my experience that you never feel your age mentally. I often tell my daughter (she’s 14-egads!) that I am a 12-yr-old trapped in an old man’s body.
    I sometimes think a person “gels” at the age at which he first catches on to what is happening around him. After that he just keeps getting better.
    Those who grow old are the ones who never caught on.

  4. “Mommy I want to be a Network Engineer when I grow up.”

    “Now honey, you know you can’t do both!”

    Happy Birthday Les!

  5. Happy Birthday Les! And many, many more!

    (you people are really making me feel old)

  6. Well, nothing better to beat the aging blues that to go back to the days of school and uni wink

    Congrats Les!

  7. Thanks for the birthday wishes. I find that as I get older the accomplishment of continuing to breathe regularly is becoming more significant.

  8. Late to the party, are there still party hats and chocolate cake?  I don’t mind if it’s a bit stale!
    I hope it was a good day, Les!

  9. I did not forget your birthday! I forgot to send you birthday greetings. And I forgot to look at Home page to see the thread. The second thing that goes is your memory. Still, Happy Birthday. (Do I have to pay a royalty for that?)

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