Finding Side Effects, Then Finding Inspiration to Give Them The Finger

28 Jul

Inspiration. Yeah I was looking for it the other day and I found it.

These Don- Draper-Mad-Men type of Olympic commercials featuring promising gold medal athletes did it for me. You need inspiration when you hit the big 3-7 birthday. Because you are no longer at the mid-thirties mark. You’re in the late-thirties category … as in I’m in my late-thirties.

If you’re at the place, where you expected to be in life, there can be no side effects to this late thirties category. But if you’re not, there may be some side effects that constantly have you roaming the Dale-CarnegieTony-Robbins aisle at the book store.

Side Effects?

You find an old driver’s license in your wallet, a post college but pre-marriage license and the driver’s license picture with the hideous blue background looks better than you do now. You look at yourself in the mirror, and wonder what the hell?

You find a pair of Lucky jeans that you bought at Costco in the pre-baby era and now … one year post-baby in which you ran a Warrior Dash and TinMan Triathlon race you still can’t fit into those jeans. Costco Jeans! Pinche 37-year-old metabolism.

You realize that you’re now in need of something called Midol or Pamprin, and B12.

You need naps during the day, but can’t get them because you have two kids with a lot energy, so you purchase something called concealer to hide the under-eye circles that can’t seem to be concealed with anything other than sun glasses.

At 37 you’re supposed to be in your corner office, the one with a window, and an assistant or an intern helping you out. You’re supposed to have a business card. I do not have a business card. I do not have an office. I do not even have a cubicle.

But when I was at the book store I noticed something and realized it’s all good.  I may be 37, but I still have passion. I can still be a celebrated achiever. Not celebrated by the world, but celebrated by me — the Pamprin-Midol-B12 taker, non-jeans wearer, who buys concealer and doesn’t have a business card … yet.


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9 Responses to “Finding Side Effects, Then Finding Inspiration to Give Them The Finger”

  1. Lisaman July 29, 2012 at 5:43 AM #

    And maybe after that, it doesn’t matter any more!!!

    • The Guat July 30, 2012 at 12:40 AM #

      True that…true that 🙂

  2. lameadventures July 29, 2012 at 9:09 AM #

    Cheer up, you’re in the infancy of middle age. Would you rather be in your teens or twenties again? I think you’re entering (forgive the cliche) the prime of your life. Savor it.

    • The Guat July 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM #

      Prime eh? Since you’re wiser and funnier I’ll take a leap of faith on that one.

  3. kaiyasworld July 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM #

    I’m turning the big 3-5 this year and have been having a hard time with it. It’s true, we need to celebrate what we have achieved. Things could be much, much worse.

    • The Guat July 30, 2012 at 12:38 AM #

      Definitely … 3-5 was a big one for me too. But I was good with being 35 no side effects yet and I definitely celebrated 🙂

  4. Cayman Thorn July 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM #

    You’ve hit on it, Guat! Celebrations do not require the company of noise to be so. You go girl, Celebrate on.

  5. The Blissful Adventurer July 31, 2012 at 4:35 PM #

    I love the quote even though the same can be said for derelicts, crooks, politicians, and liars

    • The Guat August 1, 2012 at 9:54 AM #

      Ahhh…true that … true that

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