Monday, April 03, 2006

When Is the Perfect Age?

I've been thinking about deep stuff this morning (as I wander about in a daylight saving induced haze).

At what age did you switch from wishing to be older, to regretting that you're too old? Did it just happen, or did you ease into it? Were you too old for some things and too young for others, or was there a time when you were just the right age? If you haven't got there yet, do you see it getting closer?

I'm in my mid-40s, and I passed the line a while ago. Perhaps during the early 30s. I was comfortably married*, owned a house, and had one kid with another on the way. Sure, we had pressures, difficulties, and questions, but I don't feel like I have all the answers now either. (Although I have THOSE answers. It's the new ones that are getting me.)

Share your thoughts in the comments...

*Comfortably married means that we were past the getting established stage. We knew our roles and each other's expectations. The problem is that those roles and expectations change.

I'm moving from my mid-30s to the late-30s, and I think that now is the perfect age. I never really experienced the whole "Freedom Twenties" where you spend most of your time getting drunk and going to parties. Two kids and a fantastic wife, and job that I don't hate, and still some room to move up. Perfect.
I think this is a tougher issue for women. Apart from the whole plastic surgery thing, we've all heard endlessly about how our ablity to make healthy babies declines in our late 30s. Turning thirty was really really hard for me. Then there's Tony Randall...

Then again, I garner more respect in the classroom as I age and I have more confidence. It's not all bad!
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