Staying Zen About Turning 40!


AC_163_2Turning 40. Did I just say that outloud? Funny I don’t feel 40, whatever that’s supposed to feel like. That’s the thing you never really feel old. In our heads we never really get older, right? Other people just start looking really young. 🙂
So what is 40?

To me 40 is a good place. While my back hurts a little more than I like and I’m not thrilled about the new white hairs that seem to grow by the day, I’m feeling really good. I’m much more at peace with myself.

I don’t have as much time or freedom as I did when I was 20 and with 2 young kids I’m pretty much exhausted all the time, but it’s all good. I’m happy. It’s a nice feeling to be content. I’ve accomplished a lot before kids, I’ve accomplished a lot having kids and I’m not done yet.

It’s easy to forget everything we’ve been through when we’re in the midst of our daily parenting chaos. While no one likes to get older, I think celebrating birthdays are important. For me it wasn’t just about the age, it’s reminder to reflect back on my life-the good and the not so good, the fun, and the crazy, the lessons, the hard work, the struggle and the celebration. Life is all of these things at different times and being able to stop for a moment and just take it all in is priceless.

Time flies. Now I’m really sounding like an old lady. But it does and by taking time to savor the moments is what living is all about.

With that being said, I’m not 40 yet, but I do turn 40 this year. My husband had his 40th a few months ago so we decided to have big joint celebration last month. Yes, it was for our birthdays, but it was really just a way to bring the important people in our lives together. From our old friends we’d grown up with to our new family friends and those we shared special memories with, but I don’t see as often as we would like.  It was about a celebration our lives and the people in them.  So here’s to 40 and yes there’s still a lot more to live.  (I’ll have more on the party itself later this week.)

Scene from This is 40!

Debbie: “We’re going to blink and be 90. We have to make a choice to do things different. I’ve made a list. It’s the do better list. We’re 40 years old, if we don’t do something now, when are we going to do it? Your eyes are kind of glazing over.”
Pete: “No, I’m just processing it all.”
Debbie: “We have to exercise everyday. We have to get more involved in school. We have to have more patience with the kids. We’re in it together, we’re a team. We have to get happy!”

Whether you’re turning 30, 40 or 50 or whatever milestone. How are you feeling? How did you celebrate your milestone birthdays.  Do you have any moments?

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