42

This, apparently, is what 42 looks like - at least when it's been walking around for too long on a hot day.
This, apparently, is what 42 looks like – at least when it’s been walking around for too long on a hot day.

In the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 is the answer to the “ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything” as determined by a supercomputer over the course of millions of years.

The catch? No one knows what the ultimate question was.

This seems oddly appropriate as I celebrate my 42nd birthday. It’s an age by which I think younger me would have expected to have all the answers, when in reality, all I’ve learned as I’ve aged it that I don’t necessarily even know the question.

I’m totally ok with this, by the way. I’ll keep asking and trying and doing and being and caring and loving, because that’s as close to everything as I am ever going to need.

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11 thoughts on “42

  1. Mom April 9, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    The age doesn’t matter — it is the “being and caring and loving” part that is the essence of YOU!! 🙂

    • Sarah April 10, 2013 / 10:46 pm

      Aw, thanks, Ma!

    • Sarah April 10, 2013 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks, Maggie!

  2. dakani32 April 9, 2013 / 9:16 pm

    Hope you’ve had an awesome day! Totally wish I had been there to walk around on a hot day with you…and then enjoyed a cold beer to top it all off.

    • Sarah April 10, 2013 / 10:47 pm

      Thanks, Kate. It was pretty great!

  3. Wendy April 10, 2013 / 9:46 am

    42 looks pretty damned good on you, even if you don’t know why! Sounds like you had an awesome birthday. 🙂

    • Sarah April 10, 2013 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks… all I could see was lines and shadows and all manner of issues I was going to blame on sweating and bad lighting!

    • Sarah April 10, 2013 / 10:48 pm

      Thanks much!

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