It’s my Birthday and I Want to Have a Mid-Life Crisis

I am 45 years old today and I am ready to have a mid-life crisis.  Here are a few of the things I am considering.

  1. Marring a rockstar
  2. Taking part in a brawl
  3. Buying a Harley-Davidson
  4. Becoming a stand-up comedian
  5. Becoming a cryptozoologist
  6. Becoming a NASCAR driver
  7. Becoming a volunteer firefighter
  8. Learning to play the drums

Do you have any ideas for my mid-life crisis?  Let me know in the comment section.

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Time Traveling Birthday

I devised a plan to travel back in time and make myself one year younger.

Last night, I was walking around downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The clock rolled over to midnight (EST) and it was 10 September, which is my birthday.  I had just turned 44 years old.

At that point, my friends and I hopped into my Jeep and drove west for about 30 minutes.  The clock jumped back one hour, because we changed time zones to CST.

It was 11:30 p.m. and the date was 9 September.  It was the day before my birthday and once again I was 43 years old.  I had successfully traveled back in time and made myself a year younger.  Unfortunately, it only lasted for 30 minutes.

Oh well, that’s how it goes.  The time travel trip was a ton of fun and something I will remember for the rest of my life.

Message for Mom

Dear Mom,

I just wanted you to know, I think you are an amazing mother.  You always encouraged me to follow my dreams.  You always celebrated my victories, no matter how small.

Most important of all, you never left me on the side of the road with a note that said, “Free to good home.”  I admit, I was a difficult child and I didn’t always use my creative powers for good.

Anyway, happy birthday Mom and I hope you have a wonderful day.

My mom had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.  – Mark Twain

Heart of a Fighter

Gwen was born nineteen years ago today.  She was 3 months premature and only weighed 2 pounds 2 ounces.  Gwen spent the first few months of her life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, with all kinds of tubes and IV’s coming out of her little body.

It was a precarious time and her survival was far from guaranteed.  In spite of it all, Gwen managed to thrive and is now a beautiful young woman.

My message for Gwen on her birthday, never forget you have the heart of a fighter.  You proved that by surviving and thriving during those first few months of life.  That strength and spirit will always be within you.  When struggles come your way, remember you have the heart of a fighter and you will prevail.

Birthday Clusters

For some reason, my family tends to have birthday clusters.  This week we have three birthdays.  Aaron’s birthday was yesterday.  Buddy’s birthday is today and Gwen will celebrate her birthday on Thursday.

The next cluster happens in September.  My mom will celebrate her birthday on the 6th and my birthday is on the 10th.

I think it’s strange how we have these birthday clusters, but it is also kind of cool.