>Gratuitous Birthday Post

>It’s that time of year again–time for my yearly gratuitous, send me some b’day love post.

Yes, tomorrow I will turn the big 3-5.

On the one hand, you’re only as old as you feel and I keep trying to remind myself that it’s really nothing more than just a different option on the machines at the Y. On the other hand, I can’t help but think–man, 35…that’s old!

Anyway, I will be celebrating this evening with family and tomorrow with 20,000 of my closest friends clad in Big Orange. Some people have the yearly ritual of a spank for every year. A couple of years ago, I decided to challenge myself and swim a full lap for every year old I was. And to try and do them all without stopping to rest in between. Because I won’t be able to get near a pool tomorrow, I’ve done that today and I’ve just got to say–back when I started doing this when I turned 28, it was a lot easier.

But, I keep reminding myself that I’m blessed to be healthy and able to do that many laps and to enjoy it. Of course, the real treat comes this evening when I am going to enjoy a great dinner at Maggiano’s with the family. That’s where the real payoff for the laps will come.

So, shamelessly, I now open the comments to all of you. I know, I know, I’m begging for the birthday love. But ya know, it is my birthday…

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