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Perspective matters and most beliefs are matters of perspective.
A co-worker with balloons on the desk was bemoaning the arrival of her 35th birthday last week. It reminded me of similar complaints that I had 18 - make that 19 - years ago.
At 35, it seemed youth had surrendered to the first hints of aging. Adulthood did not hold the freedom of choice and access to opportunity that it promises to most youthful observers. Faced with relentless burdens of daily responsibilities, ranging from mortgage payments to parenthood, 35 looked more like a threat than a treat.
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