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The Quiet Magic of Being 45

A dispatch from midlife

Green birthday balloons.
Photo: D. Sharon Pruitt Pink Sherbet Photography/Getty Images

It’s my birthday.

I am 45 years old — which lands me in the distinctly unremarkable “middle” of all things. For some (no doubt American) reason, my imagined middle of all things is a parking lot.

Balloon in hand, I stand in a wide open field of cement, annoyingly distanced from a…




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Kate Green Tripp

Kate Green Tripp

Senior Manager @ Medium. I chase ideas and edit stories about health, science, culture, and innovation. I also write and, most of all, belong outside.

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