Single woman Natasha Friedrich of Brooklyn, New York, who recently celebrated a pleasant if somewhat lonely forty-fifth birthday by going out to lunch with a female friend, was heartened to realize that, in fact, she’d been just as lonely on her twenty-fifth birthday.
“I know that for a lot of people, their twenties are a time of non-stop partying and socializing,” said Friedrich. “But apart from a handful of dates here and there, my twenties were kind of a dry well. In fact, now that I think about it, I don’t even remember sharing a meal with anyone on my twenty-fifth birthday. So, objectively speaking, this birthday has been exponentially better, because at least I did something.”
Friedrich says that taking time to reflect on how far she’s come as she approaches the end of her fifth decade has made her realize that life is good – and getting better all the time.
“I may be a late bloomer,” she said, “but bloom I shall. You just watch!"