Why Turning 39 Feels Way Better Than 29

By Brie Gowen

This morning I woke up and immediately remembered it was my birthday. Birthdays certainly aren’t as exciting as they were say 30 years ago, but they’re still pretty special. I hurried to the shower since I’d be going to work, and as I gauged the water temperature on my hand and felt the exhilarating, hot shower I knew 39 would be just fine.

As the welcoming warm water cascaded down my back I knew this day was worth celebrating. It was a joyous occasion to commemorate the day I was placed on this earth to fulfill my destiny of being a child of God. That deserved a Happy Birthday and Hallelujah.

As I looked in the foggy, bathroom mirror my older reflection looked back. The lines on my face, despite awesome skincare, told the truth that I was nearing 40, but that didn’t fill me with the kind of dread I had felt at 29. The fact was, I was a healthier, happier person than I had been 10 years younger, and your outlook on life will keep you vibrant at heart. I realized I truthfully didn’t mind aging one bit, and since the past six years had treated me so kindly, I looked forward fondly to what was in store ahead of me. Each day got better in a life that sought the Lord, and it was hard to dread something like that.

As I went to leave this morning, my baby awoke crying for me, and I scooped her up eagerly. Her tears cut off like a switch as she cradled against my chest and I thought, “This is 39. Everything that is now is how it should be. How can you not love it?!”

There’s nothing wrong with getting older! It’s actually a great, grand thing. You learn that every day is a gift. Every encounter, every relationship, each passing breath, a present to be unwrapped. The lessons learned over the years and the ability to appreciate each moment as it comes is the evidence of a great life lived, and the best is yet to come. Thirty-nine is just fine. The Lord continues to bless me, and I am grateful for this life that passes so quickly. It’s abundant and wonderful, and today is simply the day to celebrate when it all began.

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About the Author: Brie Gowen is a 30-something (sliding ever closer to 40-something) wife and mother. When she’s not loving on her hubby, chasing after the toddler or playing princess with her four-year-old, she enjoys cooking, reading and writing down her thoughts to share with others. Brie is also a huge lover of Jesus. She finds immense joy in the peace a relationship with her Savior provides, and she might just tell you about it sometime. She’d love for you to check out her blog at

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