Happy Birthday to me…GenX at 40?!?!

Birthday I turned 40 today.  I was born during the “Summer of Love” in 1967.  I grew up on Mr. Rogers and Skippy Peanut butter while Scooby Doo was hitting re-runs.  I remember seeing hippies on drives through San Francisco, but came of age with Ronald Reagan and the Wall Street boom and bust.  I saw the Gipper once, by the way, and he was amazing.  I once had a mullet hairstyle.  Basically I had big hair like the Flock of Seagulls dude for a period of time, too.  I wore argyle sweater vests and checkerboard vans as a teen, pegging the jeans at the ankles.  And “The Breakfast Club” really was an important movie…almost as much as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”  It is surreal to think that Generation X is now turning 40!

I have not done so bad so far.  I married the cheerleader, yet never played football and now have two wonderful kids.  Life is good at 40.  You actually have a enough wisdom to know your faults, but at 40 you actually have enough youth to not forget them yet.  That will come in time.

OK.  Poke fun at me.  Congratulate me.  Bring it on!  You only turn 40 once.

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Rich Kirkpatrick

Rich Kirkpatrick

Writer, Speaker, and Musician. Rich Kirkpatrick was recently rated #13 of the “Top 75 Religion Bloggers” by Newsmax.com, having also received recognition by Worship Leader Magazine as “Editor’s Choice” for the “Best of the Best” of blogs in 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

40 comments

  1. Congrats on the big 40!! Hope you have a great day and glad to see you’re thinking on the brighter side of the box :)Here’s something fun….
    Over The Hill At Forty

    So it’s your fortieth birthday;
    Four decades have gone and passed.
    They say when you get older,
    Time goes twice as fast.

    I wouldn’t know, of course,
    Since I am still quite young,
    But for you, the music is over;
    Your last song has been sung.

    You’re just over the hill at forty;
    You went down without a fight.
    Time rushes on, and soon
    That “hill” will be out of sight!

    Happy Birthday Anyway!

    By Joanna Fuchs

  2. Congrats on the big 40!! Hope you have a great day and glad to see you’re thinking on the brighter side of the box :)Here’s something fun….
    Over The Hill At Forty

    So it’s your fortieth birthday;
    Four decades have gone and passed.
    They say when you get older,
    Time goes twice as fast.

    I wouldn’t know, of course,
    Since I am still quite young,
    But for you, the music is over;
    Your last song has been sung.

    You’re just over the hill at forty;
    You went down without a fight.
    Time rushes on, and soon
    That “hill” will be out of sight!

    Happy Birthday Anyway!

    By Joanna Fuchs

  3. Congrats on the big 40!! Hope you have a great day and glad to see you’re thinking on the brighter side of the box :)Here’s something fun….
    Over The Hill At Forty

    So it’s your fortieth birthday;
    Four decades have gone and passed.
    They say when you get older,
    Time goes twice as fast.

    I wouldn’t know, of course,
    Since I am still quite young,
    But for you, the music is over;
    Your last song has been sung.

    You’re just over the hill at forty;
    You went down without a fight.
    Time rushes on, and soon
    That “hill” will be out of sight!

    Happy Birthday Anyway!

    By Joanna Fuchs

  4. Congrats on the big 40!! Hope you have a great day and glad to see you’re thinking on the brighter side of the box :)Here’s something fun….
    Over The Hill At Forty

    So it’s your fortieth birthday;
    Four decades have gone and passed.
    They say when you get older,
    Time goes twice as fast.

    I wouldn’t know, of course,
    Since I am still quite young,
    But for you, the music is over;
    Your last song has been sung.

    You’re just over the hill at forty;
    You went down without a fight.
    Time rushes on, and soon
    That “hill” will be out of sight!

    Happy Birthday Anyway!

    By Joanna Fuchs

  5. You are olllllllllllllllllld. But you have a Green Honda Element so you are still young.
    Happy Birthday Man, Love ya

  6. You are olllllllllllllllllld. But you have a Green Honda Element so you are still young.
    Happy Birthday Man, Love ya

  7. You are olllllllllllllllllld. But you have a Green Honda Element so you are still young.
    Happy Birthday Man, Love ya

  8. You are olllllllllllllllllld. But you have a Green Honda Element so you are still young.
    Happy Birthday Man, Love ya

  9. Happy birthday old guy!If it makes you feel better you have a way cooler car than I will ever have, and listen to about the same music as me. So go put your shades on, take a cruise in the Element, and come home and turn up your stereo until someone calls the cops.

  10. Happy birthday old guy!If it makes you feel better you have a way cooler car than I will ever have, and listen to about the same music as me. So go put your shades on, take a cruise in the Element, and come home and turn up your stereo until someone calls the cops.

  11. Happy birthday old guy!If it makes you feel better you have a way cooler car than I will ever have, and listen to about the same music as me. So go put your shades on, take a cruise in the Element, and come home and turn up your stereo until someone calls the cops.

  12. Happy birthday old guy!If it makes you feel better you have a way cooler car than I will ever have, and listen to about the same music as me. So go put your shades on, take a cruise in the Element, and come home and turn up your stereo until someone calls the cops.

  13. You guys are being TOO kind. But, Wendy has the spirit. Now, if I listen to the same music Sean does, then indeed I am a bit cool in my mature years. Hehe

  14. You guys are being TOO kind. But, Wendy has the spirit. Now, if I listen to the same music Sean does, then indeed I am a bit cool in my mature years. Hehe

  15. You guys are being TOO kind. But, Wendy has the spirit. Now, if I listen to the same music Sean does, then indeed I am a bit cool in my mature years. Hehe

  16. You guys are being TOO kind. But, Wendy has the spirit. Now, if I listen to the same music Sean does, then indeed I am a bit cool in my mature years. Hehe

  17. Happy birthday! As you know, I also turned 40 a couple of weeks ago. It’s kind of a surreal experience. I was in my early 20’s the first time I’d heard of Generation X, and I’ve always considered it a “young” term. Now it’s just a “not so young” term. 🙂
    Hope you’re able to celebrate this occasion with your family. Congratulations.

  18. Happy birthday! As you know, I also turned 40 a couple of weeks ago. It’s kind of a surreal experience. I was in my early 20’s the first time I’d heard of Generation X, and I’ve always considered it a “young” term. Now it’s just a “not so young” term. 🙂
    Hope you’re able to celebrate this occasion with your family. Congratulations.

  19. Happy birthday! As you know, I also turned 40 a couple of weeks ago. It’s kind of a surreal experience. I was in my early 20’s the first time I’d heard of Generation X, and I’ve always considered it a “young” term. Now it’s just a “not so young” term. 🙂
    Hope you’re able to celebrate this occasion with your family. Congratulations.

  20. Happy birthday! As you know, I also turned 40 a couple of weeks ago. It’s kind of a surreal experience. I was in my early 20’s the first time I’d heard of Generation X, and I’ve always considered it a “young” term. Now it’s just a “not so young” term. 🙂
    Hope you’re able to celebrate this occasion with your family. Congratulations.

  21. Happy Birthday, Rich.
    Ferris was our hero… we watched that movie gazillions of time … I’ve got almost the entire movie memorized.

    God bless you this year!
    Your friend,
    Fred

  22. Happy Birthday, Rich.
    Ferris was our hero… we watched that movie gazillions of time … I’ve got almost the entire movie memorized.

    God bless you this year!
    Your friend,
    Fred

  23. Happy Birthday, Rich.
    Ferris was our hero… we watched that movie gazillions of time … I’ve got almost the entire movie memorized.

    God bless you this year!
    Your friend,
    Fred

  24. Happy Birthday, Rich.
    Ferris was our hero… we watched that movie gazillions of time … I’ve got almost the entire movie memorized.

    God bless you this year!
    Your friend,
    Fred

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