Dad Gets A Tattoo For His Birthday!
I have heard many people say, “Age is but a number.” but the older I get the more I tend to disagree with that sentiment. We didn’t have our only child until my 39th birthday and on Monday I will turn 43. Officially, I am past the midpoint of my life and common sense would tell me I have less sunrises in my future than I have seen in my past (I realize it isn’t necessarily true). I can look ahead and know that the year my son graduates high school I will turn 58 years-old.
As a father, I am going to say watching my son on “his” birthday is a joyful experience. As a man, I am going to say “birthday’s suck.” Getting older is part of the circle of life. We are born, we age, we pay taxes and we die. All in all, it sounds like a pretty dull existence. I could make this post a depressing post but I thought it more practical to discuss the “unseen” benefits of getting older.
Positive Things About Aging
1. AARP – Everyone wants to feel wanted and needed. Once you hit your forties you are on the AARP’s (American Association of Retired Persons) watch list! You aren’t able to join the AARP until you turn 50 and they begin the count down for eligibility around your 40th birthday (don’t be surprised if you receive an occasional reminder about your age in the mail).
2. Discounts – You no longer have to look for a bargain or a sale. The discounts begin to look for you the older you get. If you are really lucky they will “automatically” apply the senior discounts to whatever you are buying without anyone ever asking your age.
3. Aches and pains – As you get older you will quickly discover that you have more aches and pains then when you were younger. It is entirely possible that your back will go out more than you do. The nice thing about the various pains is that you can go back to the mentality that winning is everything. You can compare body aches and pains with your friends and feel like a winner again when you have the worst pains (you could also feel like a winner when you have the least amount of pain for the week).
Midlife Crisis or New Tattoo
I am not one to take getting older without a fight. My granny told me that “Getting old gracefully was for the birds! Fight it every step of the way!” I believe there is a lot of truth in that statement. The only time in a person’s life they “might” want to get older is when they are very little and wish they were an adult. It isn’t until we are much older that we realize be careful what you wish for…YIKES!
Since I am not overly fond of growing older and I don’t believe in the term midlife crisis (see Midlife Crisis – Dads New Tattoo). I believe a midlife crisis mean I have nothing to look forward too in life and as I have stated before that is “bull crap.” In fact, one of the ways I planned to celebrate my birthday was to get one more tattoo (my fourth and probably last). I realize tattoos are not for everyone. Many people tend to look unfavorably on anyone that has a tattoo and have condescending remarks about them. In my opinion, some of the smartest, most helpful and friendliest people I have ever met have had a tattoo.
Every tattoo I have has great personal meaning to me. I am not a person to get tattoos randomly. You would never even know I had one tattoo unless I allowed you to see it (they are all covered by clothing). When my son was born I wanted to get a tattoo that represented him and it has taken me three years to come up with an idea that I liked. I had the tattoo done before my surgery last month (see How To Help A Child Cope With Worry). I know it was a minor surgery but something about it prompted me to get the tattoo early. My son’s name is Xander and I have nicknamed him X-Man (yes, I liked X-Men growing up). The tattoo is on the back of my calf and represents my son’s date of birth and my favorite X-Man character, Wolverine.
Everyone should get a tattoo for their birthday!
I think, earlier in the post when I stated that “birthday’s suck” I was wrong. I realize I have AARP, more discounts and body aches in my future but I also have something else, a future unwritten. The future is what I want to make it. I believe having fun, enjoying life and maintaining a positive outlook are all elements of a long and happy future. My way of expressing my life and accomplishments was by getting a new tattoo for my birthday. Who knows on my 100th birthday maybe I will get a tattoo celebrating “my first 100 years!“
I might not like getting older but I realize it is inevitable. Staying positive helps keep me feeling young. How do you feel about your own birthday? Do you ever do anything for yourself to celebrate your own birthday? or do you just skip the day and hope everyone will forget about it? Tell me in the comments!
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