I feel like I am supposed to have some sort of epiphany about life that I can tell you all about, because I’m now 40.
I pretty much don’t.
And I am slowly realizing .. perhaps that is why I’ve been in kind of a funk the past few days, despite the fact it was my birthday and everyone around me seemed so excited to help me celebrate.
I think I’m feeling like I should be making more of it, because, after all, it’s 40.
You know, the new 29 or whatever everyone kept saying out of kindness or .. probably not being sure what else to say to make me feel like I’m not getting that old.
Don’t get me wrong.
I am humbled and grateful for what this year was an outpouring of wonderful reminders of how many incredible people are in my life…
The comments, compliments, cakes, cupcakes, well wishes, phone calls, wall posts (what did we ever do before Facebook reminders?), surprises, the party .. flowers, chocolate, a quick dinner with an old friend, and a night with my daughter (spent sitting in a meeting we would have been fine to skip)….
There have been so many reminders of how blessed I am in this life. I love and genuinely appreciate all of it.
But why when someone, anyone turns 40, or 50 or 60 .. does the world seem to think its more important than say 43. Just curious. Marketing scheme? Can someone explain to me the significance….
I do believe now .. all the hype made me feel all the more like I should have been making a huge deal of the day, myself (when I don’t do birthdays). The actual day. And that I wasn’t doing a very good job of it. Because I somehow need to really grasp what turning 40 means, that I’m supposed to be in this great place in my life and know what life is all about and the best is yet to come .. well, because I’m 40. We have to party. This is a big one. You go girl. It’s your time. Time to conquer the world. Don’t you get it? You don’t want a big party? .. You must not get it. That kind of thing.
What’s funny is .. I think I do get it.
That’s just a lot of pressure to put on one day. And I genuinely feel every single day is worth celebrating. Especially now. I am in a great place in life. Sure, I wish some things were different. Or easier. But at 40, I feel I am totally starting over. With some life experience under my belt to do it better this time.
Is that what 40 is supposed to be? I don’t know but I guess in those terms, maybe it is the new 29.
It actually is a very cool time in life for most, I believe. At least that’s what people who are there and have been there are telling me. But the entirety of it .. you know, the whole year. Not just a day. The turning 40 thing is one of the reasons I decided to start blogging this year. To keep track of all the awesome, beautiful changes happening. And my thoughts on it all.
Perhaps in writing I just came to the epiphany I needed to.
I am still stealing moments this week amongst all the chaos of a beautiful, whirlwind, emotional few days leading up to my birthday and got back to what I like to do in the privacy of my own special day each year:
– Thank the woman who chose to give birth to me, because she easily could have chosen not to. And for that fact, I am eternally grateful.
– Thank the family who wanted and could raise a child, and picked me.
– Hug my daughter.
– Tell those closest to me that I love them and thank them for being a part of my life always.
– Treat myself to some chocolate. Good coffee. And a great beer.
– And .. garden.
It may have been digging in the dirt on my little patio last night in the dark and potting a few plants and seeds I’ve wanted to get started. But I fit it in. A wonderful way to chill out in the final hours of a great day. Time for myself, to think about the seeds I’ve already planted in life and what I hope grows out of another wonderful year.
“But at 40, I feel I am totally starting over. With some life experience under my belt to do it better this time.”
Hell yes. At 30, we don’t realize we could have done it better. At 40 we do…and those of us that have that epiphany do what you will do. At 50, those of us that obliviously floated through our 40s have that same opportunity…but so few take it. And, at 60…even fewer.
But…it is so never tied to the “tens.” It’s all about that one singular moment when it all becomes crystal clear…and we adopt the line that has become my anthem: “We’re never going back to the way it was. We’re never going back to OK.” – The Afters (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTVGt9dNuHU).
I was 54 when the epiphany embraced me. Not 50. Not 40. Not 30. And life has never been so sweet (well, except for those momemts hanging with my daughters as they evolved into the way cool women they are today).
Your next 40 will be sweet. I know it.
Bill, LOVE your comments.. thank you so much for stopping in and reading. And sharing some beautiful insights on life and our time here. Great to hear form you .. and see you around!