What's all this business about French Christmas?

  • My name—Noël—has been mispronounced, mislabeled, and mistaken since my parents bestowed it upon me one snowy March afternoon. It wasn't until a friend nicknamed me "French Christmas" that it came into focus. How much would our lives change if we could just see things differently?

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August 29, 2010

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Olivia V. Ambrogio

What troubles me is not that we look so much older but that, although we look older, I don't feel any more mature. There should be some warning label about that: "You will never *feel* like a Real Adult, even if you have a 401(k)."

Noel

Me neither!!!! Sometimes I'll be driving to the grocery store and I'll think to myself, "Good God! Who in their right mind would ever give someone like me a license?" Or I'll come home to my apartment after evening of work, and wonder how it's possible that I not only have my own apartment, but an apartment full of semi-grown up things, like a blender and a crockpot.

m5

ha! yes!

Diana Antholis

Ok I've totally been back reading from the beginning of 2010 because you posted it in your reverb10 prompt...(I can't believe I'm in August btw) and this is hysterical because my BFF JUST said this to me the other day. She wrote me a FB message that said "i realize when going thru fb that everyone is happily married with children....not good..NG."
And I told her that fb is a big advertisement - everyone's making themselves look better than they really are - nothing's perfect - we all have the same issues - just live your life the way you want to.

Noel

Thanks Diana! I LOVE your perspective on FB by the way. It IS a big advertisement ... all of the good, none of the struggle. And that's just not how life really is! You rock. :)

ExpatOnTheGo

Noel,
Here I am scrolling through your posts and bam this one hits me in the gut. Not much scare me in life but the prospect of aging has me a bit puzzled and somewhat scared. The weird thing is that I have lived my life being the least vain person on this planet but when I turned 35 vanity walked through my door and has never left. My girlfriend and I have already made plans for breastlifts at 40; i am wondering what to do about a double chin that is forming (well its already formed but am trying to delude myself) and I have started looking into what will happen when menopause hits.

In the midst of it all I keep my sanity by hanging on to every bit of my immaturity because then the reality of the fact that I am borderline middle aged is temporarily sidelined.

Until next time....One Love!!!

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