I typically make it VERY public that it’s my birthday week (or month) and want all the attention on me. Shocking.
As I’ve gotten older, that’s faded away a little bit. However, I still always tried to go out and be the Laine I was the year before because who really wants to get older, ya know.
But then it hit me…
It’s okay to get older.
Today, on my 26th birthday, I slept in, stayed in my pajamas all day, watched tv, saw a movie, and had a grilled cheese for dinner. I didn’t go out (hence me writing this post while in bed). I didn’t party. I did take a shower, which I’m still surprised I got that done.
And as I didn’t do what “party Laine” would have done, I realized I am getting older, but that doesn’t mean I have to grow up.
You see there’s this fine line between growing older and growing up.
Growing older means I start to look different. Or I may not be able to do things at 50 that I was able to do at 30. Or I start becoming better with my finances (eventually).
And growing up means I potentially stop doing things that make me laugh. Or I turn down adventures to save money. Or I decide to not dance in the rain.
Growing older versus growing up can mean a lot of different things to different people, but what we all need to realize is that we should never grow up. Never stop taking chances. Never turn down something that you’ll enjoy. Spend money on that trip you’ve always wanted to take, because if not now, when?
Growing up is no way to live your life to its fullest potential. You can get older and wiser and make better choices for you and your family, but you shouldn’t grow up and stop being you.
We were each put on this earth to share ourselves with everyone we come in contact with. And you can’t do that if you are “growing up”.
So grow old. Let that number get higher. But you damn well better have a good time while you’re doing it.
PS I dedicate this post to my amazing man who was the absolute best to me on my birthday and is every other day as well. He doesn’t know it, but he always reminds me to never grow up. And it’s because of him that I enjoy life so much. I love you Kris.