Monday, January 12, 2009

Twenty20

I turned 40 yesterday. In the manner of Macbeth, I had imagined the event with such dread as it approached that I endured its arrival with equanimity.
In some ways life is as it was twenty years ago. I live in the same flat. I have no responsibilities. No job, debts, boss, employees, property or children. On any given day, I can wake when I want and do pretty much what takes my fancy. I am still with the same partner and wear the same size jeans. Since relationships and waistlines occupy so much space in lifestyle magazines, that must count for a lot.

14 comments:

Sukesh Kumar said...

Hi
I just started reading this blog recently. Got link from somewhere.
Got to say, living 20 years of similar everyday life is a great deal of patience and when you do it in primes(between 20 and 40).
(of course everyday is different for you, you do whatever takes your fancy; but I mean relationships and at the end of day same bed, same room etc. - macro things)

DS said...

A belated happy birthday. I had the same partner yes, plus 2, at the time well behaved progeny, no property but slaved and still slave at two 19th century just about enduring edifices on a little more than a shoestring and had spent whatever savings from a one time career on art. Was a happy place to be but for the waistline....as another lipid profile looms up once again tomorrow, I am yet again reminded that an expanding waistline plus a high LDL spells 'not-so-good' for the heart. So have to do something to survive 5 more to the 50th! All the best for your new decade.Deepika

Girish Shahane said...

DS, Thanks, You still look fabulous, as does your home (seen only one of the two edifices). So the waistline doesn't matter and the slaving is worth it.
My LDL levels are disappointingly high too, but hopefully the coronary is still some time away. I'm staying away from statins for the moment, the Indian dislike for pill popping surfaces.
Sukesh, I have changed beds and rooms within my home, and had jobs and stuff in the interim.

ruSh.Me said...

I don't know what I would be like (or unlike) when I turn forty..(just managed, barely, to cross 25...) but I learnt, somehow, barely.. Waistlines and Relationships are the most difficult things to manage in life...Once you get that..everything falls in place like a auto-jigsaw-puzzle.... :((

Happy Belated Birthday!!

shakester said...

I dont know about lifestyle magazines, but heck yes that does count for lot:) This from someone halfway through the second innings of the same match

happy birthday

Girish Shahane said...

Thanks, shakester.

anonandon said...

Ah, but you have internet now and a blog. That's life-changing. Happy belated birthday.

Mr. D said...

I think the waistline is a big success.

Girish Shahane said...

The internet is certainly life-changing. Spurs Vitamin D deficits in sunny lands. Thanks a bunch for the wishes.

Inexplicably said...

Stumbled upon here by accident, and loved it.


Happy belated birthday.

Anonymous said...

Finding your blog is a rather good start to the new year.

Happy Birthday Girish!

Surabhi

Girish Shahane said...

Thanks a lot, Inexplicably. And Surabhi, who also has retained her partner and waist size, though you're not quite 40, are you?

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Birthday, Girish! Same waist size at 40 and 20 is a remarkable achievement. I hope I can say the same.

Great, great blog- I went through all the archives and I have enjoyed every post.

-- VV

Girish Shahane said...

Thanks a bunch, VV. Unlike you, I was never frighteningly fit, which made my task easier. Being a chocaholic made it a bit tougher :)