Why I’m Happy on My Birthday

Birthdays are good for you.

Statistics show that the people who have the most

live the longest.

Larry Lorenzoni

stop the beauty madness

Another birthday for me this week and I am happy to notice that I’m in a good place–of surrender!  I can patiently sit through women’s conversations about weight, diets, workout obsessions, and cosmetic procedures without feeling compelled to chime in or do something about myself.  But when I hear the husbands discuss the exact same topics among themselves, I do wonder, “What has our world come to?”  As we age, is it our fear of death that makes us cling to vestiges of youth and beauty?  Why, just a couple of centuries ago, men and women could not have even expected to live past their 40’s!  I say anything beyond it is a big bonus to relish, not worry over. 😉

So what does help me age graciously?  A wicked sense of humor, the thought (and threat) of the example I’m giving my daughter, and taking a lifetime to question what I grew up believing.  Plus there was that secret pact I made as a teen with God that I would not complain about anything else if my pimples would just go away, pretty please. Reality is always easier to bear with a little grin as in this Stop The Beauty Madness ad campaign.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (above left) to share what helps you relax into aging or simply write me Happy Birthday wishes!


stop the beauty madness


stop the beauty madness

stop the beauty madness

stop the beauty madness


Sharon Birke

201 697 1947



Glamour Portraits of the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. deborahkolb
    Jul 10, 2014 @ 22:41:09

    Sounds like the right approach to a birthday happy birthday Sharkie


  2. Mountain
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 08:28:39

    It’s nice to hear that at least one Goddess is leaving perfection alone, Sharky! As I am in the (very) early stages of my second half century my philosophy has never changed. I am what I am and no artificial cover-up is necessary. Exercise of course!, that is just a necessary part of good health. Think young is another.

    A little fun commentary on the campaign presented…
    Photo one…I guess that is what young girls do think!

    Photo two…Actually was asked of me Tuesday night. With the other women in the room coaching me to say “of course not”, I chose to only smile and say, nothing. It got a bigger laugh!

    Photo three…Smaller is better 😉

    Photo four…I have to admit, I’m a sucker for the studious look. I think glasses on women is sexy! A woman I know very well one day put on glasses that I never knew she even had. I loved it, and told her so.

    Photo five…More to love!

    Photo six… Absolutely nothing!!



    • Sharon Birke
      Jul 11, 2014 @ 13:25:32

      Ha! You are wise dodging the question that has put many a men in a bind.

      Reminds me of a joke where the wife stands in front of a mirror and moans to her husband, “I look so fat, old and wrinkled! Please make me feel better and give me a genuine compliment.”

      He looks at her and says, “My darling, your vision is excellent!”


  3. Angie Ramos
    Jul 11, 2014 @ 13:22:46

    Love it Sharon!! Happy Birthday hope you are or did enjoy very very much. I want to grow up and think like you – accept those changes – but honestly have not mastered it. Getting there thou 🙂


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