I’m 40. The big 4-0.
Some view this milestone as one to be dreaded and feel the need to justify that 40 isn't that old.
“Forty is the new thirty,” they say to reassure themselves.
Others bemoan reaching this year.
"This is middle age! It's all downhill from here!" they exclaim.
When I hear those comments, I always respond the same way:
"Every birthday is one to celebrate!"
Losing my mom at a relatively young age and beating ascending paralysis, a botched neurosurgery and cancer have that effect on a person. I don't take the fact that life is a gift for granted!
Ten years ago, I was practicing immigration for a large law firm. Now, I couldn't imagine stepping away from teaching to return to the law. At 30, I had recently started dating Lawyer Boy and was still spending time with Baseball Boy. Now, I have neither the time nor the inclination for relationship drama or ambiguity. In 2003, I used my AOL email account on occasion. In the current age of social media, my active participation on several sites has surprisingly enriched my life. Ten years ago, I wasn't sure that I wanted to be a mom. Now, with motherhood seven weeks away, I can't wait! I'm thankful for where life has taken me, even the difficult parts, but I'm even more thankful for what lies ahead.
My wishes on this day are few, but significant:
- I hope that I continue to enjoy my life to the fullest.
- I hope that I learn from my mistakes more often than not and grow as a person.
- And, most importantly, I hope to be here and healthy so I can be the best mom, partner, teacher, advocate and friend that I can be.
Philosopher WB Pitkin claims, “Life begins at forty.” I'm counting on it!
As always, thanks for following my journey. When I think of my many blessings, the people that I have met online and offline through this blog are among them. xoxo