The view from this side of the hill

First Posted: 7/22/2009

Today is my 40th birthday and looking back on my life, I have to say that I have lived a pretty terrific life and its getting better every day.
In anticipation of this day, my younger co-workers have been asking about how it feels to live my last day as a 39-year-old. They also want to know what its like on this side of the hill. Even funnier, weve decided to celebrate the 19th anniversary of my 21st birthday this year. After this column comes out, I will never be able to lie about my age not that I ever did.
I know that a lot of you know that Ive been facing some health challenges, but all of that pales in comparison to all that is good in my life.
Not only did I get to visit our nations capital for the Fourth of July for the most spectacular fireworks and entertainment show ever, I also recently got to spend some time with music legend Donna Fargo. Even still, the kindness and love shown to me by my family, my co-workers and friends means even more to me.
On July 23, 1969, my mom was in labor while she watched the first men walk on the moon. But back in those days, they did have natural childbirth or epidurals. I finally broke down and asked our family doctor how I came into this world. Not only was I a breech baby, but mom was knocked out cold and he got me out with forceps. Yeah, you all knew it, I came into the world feet first despite the rumor that I was dropped on my head.
Some of my favorite memories growing up include spending time at my great-grandparents and grandparents homes in both Ararat in Nashville, Tenn. My mothers family lives in the Nashville area. I remember that they always got up early and sat around the kitchen table talking about anything and everything and politics. I used to pretend I was asleep to be able to hear their discussions without interrupting them. To this day, I still believe you can gain the greatest wisdom by listening to your elders.
I sure do miss my mom and dad, but Im so thankful for my brother, Chris, and his wonderful fiance, Lauren.
Looking back on my life, there are so many things I would do over if I had the chance. But I wont get that chance and I wholly believe that everything happens for a reason, so I have to deal with the choices I had made through the years.
But more than anything I have to say that I am living the dream! Im doing exactly what I want to do in life and Im having fun doing it.
So many of you reading this now have shaped my life and enriched it one way or another. I am so grateful to have made it to my 40th birthday I am blessed to have lived such a full and wonderful life and to have all of the great experiences and memories that will stay with me for a lifetime.
They say 40 is the new 30, and I dont know if I agree with that, but I am looking forward to all of the new adventures that await me on my journey. The best is yet to come!
Mondee Tilley is a staff reporter with The Mount Airy News. She can be reached at [email protected] or at 719-1930.

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