My birthday is coming up soon and guess what? I will be turning 40 years old! I have to admit something. I haven’t been looking forward to it. I used to tell people in a joking way that I would never get “old”. However the big 40 looming around the corner is forcing me to realize that yes…I am getting older and there is nothing that I can do about it. I remember having the same feelings waaaay back when I was about to turn 30! I usually look forward to my birthday every year but not so much when it’s a big milestone haha.
For the past few months I’ve been struggling with crazy thoughts like…”I am going to be 40 and I still haven’t done this or that”…or feelings about my kids getting older and growing up too fast….and I guess, a little fear also. Fear of a new decade with new experiences and the knowledge that I am REALLY not getting any younger.
So, as I mulled over the idea of really, truly turning 40 years old in my mind, I began to slowly change the direction of my thoughts. Instead of fearing 40, I have decided to take it head on and make the most of it. As I look back on my 20’s and now my 30’s, I realize that those were fantastic years! I really did accomplish a LOT and I still have so many more things that I’d like to do. I am going to make sure that my 40’s will be just as fondly remembered.
This year, instead of blowing off my birthday as “just another day”, I am going to do some fun things for myself and not feel guilty about it. The things that I want to do aren’t anything extraordinary. They are just things that remind me of who I (still) am and what I love to do.
Here’s my 40th birthday fun list, in no particular order:
- Explore a beach here in Florida that I haven’t seen yet. (There are so many!)
- Get a facial and mani/pedi all by myself (This just might feel like a mini-vacay)
- Bake my ultimate chocolate cake and eat some. (I normally never have cake on my birthday, but this year is special)
- Take a half-day painting session at the Bob Ross Art Gallery. (I used to paint..way back when lol. and I love Bob Ross)
There are probably a few more things that I would like to do but at least that’s a start. Add in some time with my family, and I will be a happy girl!
I have come to realize that every birthday we get to enjoy is a gift, just like every day. I am really thankful that I get to be 40 years old. Sadly, not everyone gets to do that. So instead of dreading my 40th birthday, I am going to celebrate it in a big way.
Will you be celebrating a birthday soon? What plans do you have?