“I feel old! Turning 44 has not been good on me.” I looked at my dear friend and smiled. She did not look 44. Her face glowed and the skin was smooth without the blemishes years tend to gather.
“Make sure you enjoy your 40th … after that it just does not go down well!” she warned me.
I looked at her, laughing nervously as she read my thoughts.
Age has never been an issue with me. I always live for the moment and enjoy the now. I never like looking too far into the future - it’s uncontrollable and unpredictable. I like having a plan or a goal to follow, but that is always regardless of the age I am. At 16, and the only time I wished I was a different age, all I wanted to be was 30. For me 30 portrayed my goal of having made it - a university degree under my belt, working in a good paying job, career on the roll, maybe with the man of my dreams. It was not the age but rather my plan and I wanted to get there by 30.
This became my potent stimulus and drove me forward. I enjoyed turning 18 entering adulthood and experiencing a new kind of freedom, 21 was great, where I focused on my studies and came to a new country, 25 saw me enter into a new phase as a working girl in a big firm and by 30 I had found the man of my dreams and was 6 months pregnant. Sure there were a few turbulences along the way and I sometimes had to take detours, but as my dad always told me, it’s the result that counts. At 30 I was really pleased with the results.
The funny thing about age, I guess, is that it just happens to you. One day you wake up and all of a sudden you panic because you realize you have tons on your list that you still want to achieve but somehow time has just halved itself. This perception dawned on me earlier this year. On Saturday I will turn 40 and for the first time in my life I am thinking of my age. 18, 21, 30 were all just numbers that blew past me, but 40 looms over my head and I admit I am feeling a slight anxiety. Not because I feel old, or rather older than I was, but because I fear not being able to achieve all I want to in the time I have.
There have also been other symptoms reminding of the big 4-0 ahead. I used to crack up at the stories I would hear about the 40+ years, but I swear, I take back every joke and every sarcastic comment I ever made and apologize from the bottom of my 18 year old heart. Truth be told I think I am experiencing some of these symptoms too.
Forgetfulness: You begin to forget the most trivial of things, cannot put names to the faces you have met or leave your child in the driveway carrying some heavy bags as you rush inside to dump your own bags. On the way back out you get distracted and then “errr wasn’t there something I forgot?” and then carry on until your child screams from the driveway.
Libido: You still find your husband desirous but hey, are you stealing glances at the 20+ GymBoy pumping weights in his tight tank top?
PMS: so what’s up with the bitch-like PMS that sometimes lasts for most of the month? Better watch out for those mood swings, buddy, it can get very ugly if you cross paths.
Gravitation: “Gravitation is most familiar as the agent that gives weight to objects with mass and causes them to fall to the ground when dropped.” (source Wikipedia)
Parts of your body begin to adhere to this rule!
Wrinkles, Folds and Creases: Who gave them permission to make an appearance on your face? Did you know they have names? Crows feet creeping up under your eyes, worry lines taking up room on your forehead, nasolabial folds around your lips. Why would anyone want give these unwanted guests names anyway?
Apparently these are only some of the symptoms, there are more, as I have been warned. My friend told me “Meeta, make sure you really celebrate your 40! Because you will not celebrate 50 in the same way!”
But 50 - that’s far off! I am celebrating the now, the 40. Age - it happens I guess, the best thing to do is to make sure you create pretty darned awesome memories as you go along.
Take this panna cotta for example. The memories attached to the ingredients were so magnificent, I had a constant smile on my face (take that you nasolabial folds) while making them. I bought the clotted cream while shopping with Jeanne in Somerset. I remember the giddy fun we were having and having a freak-out at the yogurt section, seeing all the incredible varieties. I remember drinking the Bisol Prosecco at both the Tuscany and Somerset Plate to Page workshops and being surrounded by a circle of fantastic friends, sitting around a table over decadent meals.
As I reminisced over the memories, I create new ones while making the panna cotta. A long lazy weekend with just Soeren and me, playing a game of garden mikado, giggling and making fun - life is good!
A drizzling of lavender honey infuses the clotted cream mixture giving it a summery, sublime flavor, while the prosecco adds a bubbly fizz to the berries. Decadence and smooth indulgence!
These panna cottas are ageless and will be enjoyed by friends and family of all ages. Doesn’t it feel good to know that some things simply timeless?
The bubbly Sneh over at Cook Republic is currently hosting the Monthly Mingle and her theme is a sticky & sweet one “Oh Honey!”. I am sending some of these clotted cream and lavender honey panna cottas over to her!
The Monthly Mingle in June is back home here are What’s for lunch, Honey?. I have chosen the theme of “Granola and Muesli” and would love you all to send me your creations of your favorite granola or muesli. But it does not stop there, you can go a step further and make granola bars, muesli cookies or whatever takes up your fancy. Look forward to all your entries.
Here’s how it works:
- Create a dish that fits the theme of Granola & Muesli.
- Post about it on your blog during the month of June. Your deadline is 30th June. (entries must be in English, please).
- Your creation must be prepared for the current Monthly Mingle theme and can be submitted to a maximum of 2 other blog events.
- You must provide a link to this post and/or the Monthly Mingle page and send the details to me: blogmeeta [at] gmail [dot] com
More “Oh Honey” delectable delights from WFLH:
|Chestnut Tree Honey Ice-Cream||Honeyed Ginger Plum Crumble||Grilled Peach with Eucalyptus Honey Yogurt|
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