My finger taps the car radio on and I tune to the trendy radio station. Well, it was trendy ten years ago. They are featuring songs from the '90s this weekend and I happily sing along with the familiar lyrics. I graduated from high school and college in the '90s. I turned 25 in the '90s. I lived a fun, single, independent life in the '90s and now the songs from those years are being featured on a radio station for the weekend because they are OLD.
I don't know exactly when it happened or how it happened but I have become a person I never thought I would be. I was supposed to be the cool mom. I would know what music my kids were listening to and who was singing it. I would know what styles and brands of clothing were popular. I would know what shoes my kids would want to wear without them telling me so.
I cannot name one of Lady Gaga's songs. Or one of Justin Bieber's.
I know nothing.
Do people even listen to the regular radio in the car anymore? What do they do? I tend to listen to CDs because I don't know 85% of what is being played on the radio. Are people still doing satellite radio or is that out now? I have no clue.
Whenever we drive by a movie theater, Rich and I comment on the movies because we have no idea what most of them are. We wrack our brains trying to come up with the names of actors or actresses or plot lines. It is usually a bit of a failure.
I tend to not mention my age here because, in the mommy blogging community, I am fairly old. When my seven year old asks if she can have a cell phone, I'm the mom who can respond with, "When I was seven years old, there were no cell phones. In fact, we didn't even have cordless phones. If you wanted to call someone, you used a phone connected to the wall. Imagine that!"
Each week, a ton of young mommy bloggers take tons of photos of themselves and post them on their blogs. They talk about fashion and shopping and handbags. Is this an age thing because when I was 28, I took tons of photos of myself and I cared about fashion and shopping and handbags. When I was 28, the internet was a completely different world. Does anyone remember dial-up?
Rich and I were recently discussing Grammy's upcoming birthday when my age suddenly hit me. You see, Grammy's birthday is almost exactly (just one day off) six months from my birthday, which made me realize that in almost six months, I will be 39 years old. HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? The last thing I remember I was in my early thirties. Rich and I were newly married and making future plans! I had a cute wardrobe! What happened to the past six years?
Turning 29 was much more difficult for me than 30 so I'm assuming that 39 is going to be the same. Gulp.
I recently read a few 30 by 30 lists by a variety of bloggers. 30 things they want to do before they turn 30. It made me wonder if there were 40 things I want to do before I turn 40. I came to the conclusion that there will always be something that I want to do but instead of focusing on that, why not reflect on what I have done with my life thus far. And so I started typing out my 39 by 39: 39 things I have done before turning 39. It is actually turning out to be an interesting process. You should try it out.