The Birthday Gift I Wish I’d Given Back

Or what 47-year-old me would say to 40-year-old me

Andy Spears
5 min readDec 12, 2022

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Photo by Amy Shamblen on Unsplash

I am now 47 — just a few months from 48. I’ve found that as birthdays advance, you seem to place less importance on them. Or, maybe, as you approach 50, you hope they come less frequently.

Still, here we are. A man in his late 40s who remains youthful, hopeful, and yet — well, fearful.

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .