In less than 2 weeks, I am turning 40. I remember as a kid people made jokes about turning 40 – over the hill, halfway to dead, etc. It was a horrible age to turn. I’m feeling pretty good about it, actually.
I had my freak out at 25. That was the age when I realized that I was supposed to be an adult now, and be knowledgeable and responsible, and I still felt like I was faking it to some degree. I was already married, had given birth to my first son, had a full time job, and I still felt like I was pretending to be a grown up.
Fifteen years later I feel like I have a better handle on most things. Or at least I’m not freaking out about them. Most of the time.
I’ve accomplished a lot. I’m still married. I now have three children, one of whom is a teenager, and he doesn’t hate me. (Most of the time!)
I have a full time job, and I am the Union representative for my workplace. I helped negotiate a Union contract! Who would have thought? It’s definitely not something I imagined myself doing at 25.
I have managed to stay afloat despite some major financial challenges. (That’s where most of the freak outs come from nowadays, though they don’t last long.)
I have grey hair, and I’m proud of it.
I have kept a spiritual circle going for more than 10 years. I even teach now.
I have a website, and I have kept a (mostly) weekly blog for over 6 years.
I have a lot more that I want to experience and accomplish in this lifetime, and I feel like I am on track for a lot of it. I may not be where I thought I would be when I was 25, and I’m pretty happy with where I am.
I’m planning a celebration on my birthday, because 40 years is something to celebrate! Unfortunately, I can’t invite all of you to come out to dinner with me. However, I can still celebrate with you by offering a discount on all guided meditations from now until my birthday, which just happens to be at the end of the month. Enter coupon code 40-N-FAB to receive 40% your order!
Happy Birthday to me – and to you!