So my birthday is coming up on Thursday, and I am turning 38. It’s not exactly a nice, round number that deserves special celebration, but I’m crossing over into “older gentleman” territory more and more quickly with each passing year. It feels like 40 is made out to be a very intimidating number, and 40 is really, really close.
I don’t really like 38 because I can no longer justifiably say that I am in my “mid 30s”. Your “mid” has to be pretty generous to make 38 pass for “mid 30s”… my middle has grown somewhat generously since I started having kids in the past three years, but that’s another story. But I don’t want to say that I’m in my “late 30s”, because then I’m going to feel like an old tire trying to keep up with young, upstart 20- and 30-somethings with fresh new Goodyears. I have considered trying to coin the term “within 30s”, but something tells me that is not going to catch on and people will just think I’m weird or in denial if I say it.