Second Adolescence

It was my birthday this weekend, and I was a little bit down about it. As much as I don’t want to fall into the cliches about women and getting older, I still have to admit that turning thirty is a life milestone, and I’m not really where I planned to be at this milestone. Everything’s going the right direction, at least, I’m loving my game job and being in the city and writing, I’ve reconnected with old friends and made some great new ones. But being completely broke, ending a long-term relationship, and moving back to Jersey is just not the story I wanted to be at thirty.

I’ve long thought the Facebook birthday thing was a pointless use of the technology, an add-on that really existed to sell virtual gifts (remember those?) or targeted ads. But when my Facebook wall exploded with greetings for my second adolescence and the beginning of official spinsterhood, I had to reconsider.

Former students from around the world. Guys I dated. Co-writers on projects that rocked. Co-writers on projects that flopped. Expat friends. Ex-boyfriends’ family members.  Game journalists. China bloggers. Tech writers.  I’m pretty excited to be connected to so many awesome people as I start my next adolescence.

That’s the story I want.

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4 Responses to Second Adolescence

  1. Becky says:

    And it was apparently broken for me, because I didnt’ see it was your birthday! Eeek! Happy Birthday (slightly belated!) I’ll bake and eat brownies in honor of your inner child, and buy her a party hat.

  2. bethie says:


    I never played you your song!

  3. Gabrielle says:

    I apologize for not being one of those China bloggers to send you well wishes on your birthday. I don’t pay a lot of attention to the section of my page that tells me which friends have gracefully aged another year. Anyway, Happy Birthday. I’m right behind you in the 30 department.

  4. Meg says:

    Aaw! Thanks Becky and Gabby! I totally didn’t mean it as a hinting for b-day wishes, though, remembering holidays is pretty lame. I meant that I am SO lucky to have such awesome people in my life, and you two are among them!

    And Bethie — I know! I was sad! When are you coming home next? I’ll probably be in Boston this summer when I go to MA for MeatFest and I’m also going to Boston in Sept.

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