Brian Dowling reflects on the “utter privilege” of ageing as he marks birthday

Brian Dowling Pic: Brian McEvoy

Brian Dowling marked his 46th birthday at home with a lovely cuppa and his daughter Blake in his arms.

He shared pictures of himself with his little one as he held a balloon that read: “Happy birthday”.

He reflected on the last 46 years of his life explaining how he is still a “work in progress” and how he understands how “ageing is an utter privilege”.

He captioned the post: “This is 46!!!! A BIG HUGE Happy Birthday to me. I never thought I would be where I am at 46 years old. Truth be told, I don’t think I will ever age mentally past 35. I’m 100% still a work in progress & still very capable of making a holy show out of myself, but I love where I am at the age I am.

“With LIFE, every day is a school day. I never thought it would be possible for me to be a dad & especially in my 40s; it honestly brings me so much joy & love. Ageing is an UTTER PRIVILEGE not afforded to all of us, so how lucky are we to still be here GIVING LIFE A GO? Back in my 20’s & 30s, I wouldn’t leave the house without looking pristine & now, as you see from my stories every day I resemble a tired Cockatoo most days.”

He went on to say how his 40s brought him “more contentment and calm” before adding that his husband Arthur Gourounlian has also helped him settle.

“Today I will think of my mum & dedicate this birthday & all future birthdays to her.”

He concluded by joking: “Also I’m 100% aware of the messages regarding my over-botoxed face & fake lips, but I’m 100% natural. If you are offended now, please do yourself a favour & look away when I’m 50!!!!”

Happy birthday, Brian!

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