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#MicroblogMondays 40: Happy Last Day

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It’s sort of amusing that this is the 40th MicroblogMonday because today is also my last day being 40.  Tomorrow I turn 41, and you might as well save your birthday wishes until then because today is about still being 40.  I am 40, damnit, and don’t make me age before I’m ready.

The last day of a personal year (as opposed to the calendar year) is so bittersweet because you know that you can’t slow time.  You know that tomorrow you will wake up and be an entirely new age.  And that is odd, you know, the idea that I will describe myself differently tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be for birthday celebrations.  Today is a last day celebration.

What is the perfect way to spend a last day?  What would be your ideal last day before a birthday?


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1 Vagrant Rhodia { 06.01.15 at 6:34 am }

Happy Monday! Have an awesome day

2 Jessica { 06.01.15 at 6:49 am }

Happy Last Day of Being 40 Years Old! Yes, please celebrate today and tomorrow.

In case I don’t make it here on time tomorrow on June 2, Happy 41st Birthday Mel!

3 Cathy { 06.01.15 at 7:29 am }

Happy Birthday for tomorrow Mel.
The last thing you want to do is stress over time going by when there is so much to look forward to.

4 Livelife { 06.01.15 at 7:38 am }

Celebrate both the days, have fun,happy bday

5 Daryl { 06.01.15 at 8:40 am }

Happy last day of 40! My birthday is also this week, and also the subject of my microblog post today. I’m not sure how I never realized our birthdays are so close together. So happy birthday week to both of us!

6 Lindsay | Solo Mama { 06.01.15 at 8:59 am }

Happy birthday to you! I hope this coming year is your best one yet!

7 Jenn { 06.01.15 at 9:08 am }

Have a young at heart day! Do things you used to do but don’t anymore. Climb a tree, do a cartwheel, play on swings, get superman ice cream! Teach your kids a game you played at their age. Dig up some old memories and pictures.

8 Jen { 06.01.15 at 9:16 am }

I planned a spa day with friends the day before my birthday – but they both had things hapen in their lives that meant we chose to make the time about them being comforted rather than celebrating. Taught me a bit about not being too set on my plans because life just happens sometimes!

9 No Baby Ruth { 06.01.15 at 9:33 am }

In my family we’ve always done birthday weeks, so today would be a celebration anyway. I don’t think I really like the idea of a “last day.” I prefer to not know when things are going to be the last time until they’re over.

10 Ann Z { 06.01.15 at 11:04 am }

I hope you have a wonderful day today (and tomorrow and beyond)!

Two weeks from today is my last day of being 39, so I’ve been thinking about this a bit, too. I actually decided last year that I would spend the year saying “yes” to things I wanted to do. I didn’t do anything earth-shattering (dyeing my hair blue is about as crazy as I got), but it was a nice shift in perspective for me, and I’m feeling a lot more ok with turning 40 in just over 2 weeks.

11 deathstar { 06.01.15 at 11:05 am }

Happy Last Day Being the Age You Are!
My 40s were a lot like my 30s and then I was 50 and I had to admit that I was not going to be as rich and powerful as Oprah. That was a hard day. I have already planned my day before my birthday going to the Marvel superhero show with my kid. Well, in the vicinity of my kid as his friend’s dad bought tickets for him and his son for his son’s birthday and now I have decided that that I will supervise him. I’m going to a kid’s show. I will attempt to be 11 again.

12 queenjohnsonclan { 06.01.15 at 11:14 am }

Happy early birthday! I would do something relaxing. A spa, a library visit, or some sitting by the pool. Birthdays are such a time of reflection so sometimes a little quiet time alone is the best gift you can give yourself.

13 Cristy { 06.01.15 at 11:26 am }

Oh the lasts! Those moments before a transition where one spends time reflecting, absorbing and then finding closure. I hope that your 40th year of life was a good one and I know you had some big transitions (like surviving a kitchen remodel).

Wishing you a wonderful and peaceful last day of being 40. May tomorrow mark the beginning of new adventures.

14 Geochick { 06.01.15 at 11:41 am }

I know the feeling all too well. ๐Ÿ˜€ Something bugged me today – I’m on a cycling meet up and several members are doing the same long ass ride I’m doing next week. One member posted about how she’s 40 and just started cycling, so if she can do it, so can you!

My first thought was, damn I’m old. My second was, I don’t feel old for just taking up cycling in the last couple years. It’s just a new hobby. And it really bugged me that she was so “rah-rah I’m old and can do it!”

Maybe it’s because I’m being competitive and decided to do these long rides after finding out that a family member had done one. I thought, hell, I’m in better shape than them, I can do it too! (they are 10 years younger than me…hahaha)

15 Justine { 06.01.15 at 1:29 pm }

I think I’d try to celebrate the day before by myself, in reflection, and possibly with cake … and the day of with friends, in celebration, feeling loved for the person I am and will be.

I’ll wish you a happy birthday tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

16 Laurel Regan { 06.01.15 at 1:55 pm }

Happy Last Day! Time does fly indeed.

17 Lori Lavender Luz { 06.01.15 at 2:06 pm }

Happy last day to you,
Happy last day to you,
Happy last day dear Melissa,
Happy last day to you!

Sending you tons of love for both today and tomorrow!

“Every new beginning is some other new beginning’s end.”

18 Valery Valentina { 06.01.15 at 3:10 pm }

I just celebrated my Happy Last Day at Work by going out for lunch with the entire team minus the hipster boss. It was comforting, much more than the cringing during the bad speech and the not so overwhelming gifts of the same well meaning colleagues.
Although that applies to saying farewell to people, so maybe you could go out for lunch to say farewell to your younger self? If that sounds relaxing to you? (you could read a book!)

19 illustr8d { 06.01.15 at 3:37 pm }

Wait until you see my post, written before I came and saw this. How funny. I knew you were awesome. Our birthdays are less than a week apart.

I’ll be answering your question, sort of, this week on my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

20 illustr8d { 06.01.15 at 3:40 pm }

My answer to how to celebrate anything is generally: bookstore. Or new book.

21 Turia { 06.01.15 at 3:49 pm }

Enjoy the day! Do something fun that you don’t always get a chance to do. I would probably vote for a long walk outside, maybe with ice cream at the end of it, and then a good book inside with some tea.

22 Valery Valentina { 06.01.15 at 4:07 pm }

And back to apologise for misjudging my colleagues; I didn’t know you could spend that much money on tea bags! Will savour every sip.

23 Rashmi Karthik { 06.01.15 at 4:38 pm }

Hey Queen, fabulous 40? That’s amazing way to call for a celebration . Wishing you tons of smiles and love on this day.

I am glad to link my first #MicroBlogMonday post here:):)

โ€œAt the age of 20, we don’t care what the world thinks of us; at 30, we worry about what it is thinking of us; at 40, we discover that it wasn’t thinking of us at all.โ€



Rashmi Karthik

24 Kathy { 06.01.15 at 4:42 pm }

Happy Last Day of Being 40 to you, Mel! ๐Ÿ™‚

So fun to read everyone’s answers here and interested to know what you actually are doing today…

This year, because I turned 40, my celebrating went on for about a month (two weeks before and two weeks after my b-day). That said, the older I get, my focus in celebrating becomes less about a big party, with lots of people, and presents and more about spending quality time with my closest loved ones. Interesting how that happens.

25 loribeth { 06.01.15 at 4:43 pm }

I have to admit, I’ve never really thought of “last days” before birthdays — with the possible exceptions of when I turned 40 & 50. I usually get kind of excited about my birthday, even if it does mean I’m getting older. It’s a day that’s all about ME, lol. If I wanted to spend a “last day” consciously, I suppose I would want to look back at the year just past & what I’d learned, and then on my birthday look forward to the new year ahead. Kind of like New Year’s Eve. ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day tomorrow! ๐Ÿ™‚

26 Delenn { 06.01.15 at 5:05 pm }

Happy Last Day! I love this post, because as my kids birthdays have past by this year, as I remembered that now, officially, half the (new) year has gone by…I feel what you are saying…the time that marches on that we celebrate…and the time we do not. Happy Birthday, Mel!

27 torthuil { 06.01.15 at 5:46 pm }

Happy last day! I think you have a great attitude. The last day before my birthday is Christmas Day, so I don’t get that much choice in how I spend it; it’s usually quite scripted LOL. Having said that, I usually start thinking of myself as my “new” age a few months before my birthday. After I’m 6 months past a birthday I feel like I’m more the new age rather than the “old” age. It’s never been upsetting to me, although perhaps that will change as I get closer to 40. But I’ve always found the drama attached to birthdays a bit silly, and tried to avoid it. I don’t fault any one for marking their birthday as they see fit, however!

28 nina michelle { 06.01.15 at 6:51 pm }

My 40’s were the best! So forge ahead unafraid… ๐Ÿ™‚

29 Stephanie (Travelcraft Journal) { 06.01.15 at 8:58 pm }

Happy 40 day! I get sentimental about time passing too.

30 Jess { 06.02.15 at 12:08 am }

Happy last day to you! I’m all about celebrating where you are now and not rushing the next day/year/marker until it’s there. I am in my last year of my thirties, and I weight to revel in that as long as possible. Too me, a last day should include a good book, roasted duck breast with crispy fatty skin, and good wine. And lots of laughter. That would be perfect. Maybe we should celebrate last days instead of the actual birthday. ๐Ÿ™‚

31 Mali { 06.02.15 at 12:32 am }

Happy Birthday, Mel!

I hope you do something fun – or just grab some precious time for yourself. That’s what I’d do the day before my birthday. Though they usually don’t bother me too much.

32 Amel { 06.02.15 at 5:11 am }

Happy birthday, Mel!

Wishing you lots of laughter, love, and fun on your special day!

33 apluseffort { 06.02.15 at 12:23 pm }

I am here a day late so I can properly wish you a happy birthday. I don’t mind getting older but the prospect of a new year always gives me anxiety (my birthday and New Year’s are close together). I hope your day-before and day-of birthdays were enjoyable!

34 nonsequiturchica { 06.04.15 at 1:37 pm }

I am late but happy belated birthday! I hope that you had a great last day of being 40 and a fantastic first day of being 41!

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