Hey people. Yep. It's mah birthday.
Okay, here's a ~slightly~ more recent one, from when I was about 18.
So here's what 48 looks like. If you are me.
I heard something recently that made me go, "Yeah-- that is all any of this is really about."
It was video of the tornado that went through Joplin. It was an F4 that scoured the town from the Earth in a matter of seconds. In a convenience store, people crowded into a walk-in refrigerator, the only shelter available. The video went black as the door shut, but the audio kept rolling.
You could hear crashing, a roar, and then a guy's breaking voice crying out, "I love you! I love you all!" followed by a tiny chorus of other frightened voices echoing, "I love you! I love you all too!" Then static.
They somehow survived, even though the store they were in and everything else for miles around was leveled. The walk-in they took refuge in was blown apart, but everyone inside was unharmed, and able to crawl out from under the debris. They were certain they were about to die, and their last moment was spent trying to send their sparks of love out into the world, into the universe, into the great unknown. It made me cry.
So that is what life looks like to me at 48. If you aren't having fun, you're doing it wrong. If you are about connecting to people, and bringing positivity and light into the world, and are trying your best, to be patient, and give others a break, and your own dumb self a break too, you are probably on the right track.