I Love My Birthday

I am not a sneak-around, tell-no-one, pretend-I-am-still-30, woman. I’m a celebrate-with-a-bra-on-my-head and remind-everyone-for-a-week-that-I-will-be-34-years-of-awesome kind of person. I love my birthday and it’s today!

I don’t even know why I did this.

I may not love every gray hair on the top of my head, but those suckers got me to go blue, yellow, purple and red.


I may not love my body’s desire to give into gravity whether it’s the stomach shelf my babies gave me and my unending exhaustion, but all those pregnancy hormones made me more flexible so I can dance like nobody’s business.

For everything I loved about my youth, I also left behind the never-ending struggle to fit in and a terrifying fear of being alone. Today, I know who I am, how I want to treat others, and I’d give my left pinkie toe to be alone more often.

Growing older is more than relief, it’s freedom. I can own 4 cats, move to another state, stay up late, eat ice cream for lunch, have strong opinions and I do!

34 is going to be awesome. I have family, friends, faith and fun (and some other f’s but let’s not get too awkward here). Plus, if my 34th year sucks, I finally understand know how fast time goes and nothing is hard forever.

In the end, growing up and growing old has meant growing happy.


My kids got me donuts, a “love” sweatshirt and a lacy purple tank top. I win!

Here’s to 34 years of awesome.

Thanks for making it awesome with me.

And days of birthday cake.

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

50 thoughts to “I Love My Birthday”

  1. Happy, Happy Birthday my beautiful inside and out friend! May you dance with a bra on your purple-hued head today and everyday! Love and hugs!

  2. Happy Birthday beautiful girl..gorgeous soul! I love that you love your birthday ..I do too..I celebrate all month, I enjoy cake for days…and why not? Why not celebrate the special person you are???? Hoping all your candle wishes come true my friend!!!! Love u!

  3. Happy Birthday! I love my birthday as well. I always try to celebrate for the whole week. That being said, I plan to be 29 forever. It’s where my mother and grandmother stopped (we’re all the same age now!) and it’s basically family tradition.

  4. “For everything I loved about my youth, I also left behind the never-ending struggle to fit in and a terrifying fear of being alone. Today, I know who I am, how I want to treat others,”

    you’re such a wise 34 yr old.

    Happy birthday, wonderful woman: celebrate you, like we do.

    I still remember reading you over three years ago, and your kindness.

    Kindness is cool, yo, let’s give the world lessons.


  5. I love my birthday, too (exactly 2 months after yours- hooray for the 6th!) and I think there is no shame in that at all. Happy birthday! I hope you’re having a birthday as awesome as you are! 🙂

  6. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the most fabulous people on the interwebs! You’re probably pretty fabulous IRL too but I only know you on the interwebs… so yeah.

  7. Happy 34th Birthday! And pshaw – that’s still young! But still, I love and agree with your perspective on growing older. It’s so much more liberating! And I, too, would give my left pinkie toe for a chance to be alone more often.

    Also, you are so cute. And so wonderfully weird!

  8. I’m confused about the other Fs. Flowers? Fanny packs? Flatulence?

    Hope you had a wonderful day. I’m glad you’re joining the 34 club before me so you can give me the lowdown. I’ll see you there next month.

  9. Stop dying your hair all these ridiculous colors.

    It makes you look so superficial, and it makes you seem like the kind of person who only does things simply for the sake of going against the norm. If that’s the reason you’re a nudist, stop being a nudist.

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