Today I joined the elite club…. the forty club, the big 4-0 as in cresting the hill (but not quite over it). In the past decade my body has been preparing for induction into the club with grey, white and silver hair, with wrinkles, and sagging, and most recently bifocals and cataracts.
For months I have been dreading forty; like it was the end of the world as I knew it. And yeah, I’ll admit it kinda sucks to think that THIS is as far as I have gotten at forty, but at the same time I have accomplished some things worth recognition. I have two beautiful children, who are smart, funny and amazing- each in their own way. I have a marriage that after almost 18 years of marriage, and 23 years together is stronger every day. I have a brother and a sister that I adore. I have a best friend that I admire, who makes me want to be a better version of me. I have other friends too, friends who care about me, especially when I don’t care about myself. I have a counselor who I love. And I have finally given her her name- Princess Glitter Sparkle. (My husband coined it, and I told her about it.). We have sat with it for about a month or so now and she said there’s just no denying it- it suits her. And in the past decade I also discovered my faith again. I have a relationship with God.
So yes, while in the past couple of years it seems like the crap has hit the fan, and I have a hard time seeing the good past the crap, I do have some really good things in my life. On the especially crappy days I need to come back and read this list.
Here’s to hoping 40’s beats the pants off 30’s.