Monday, October 13, 2008

Turning 40

I have been thinking about turning 40 for months now and kind of dreading it because exiting my 30's seemed a little scary to me. I have been thinking about what I've done with my life and the things I have and haven't accomplished. But, lately I feel like I've wrapped my mind around it and have accepted it and am focusing on the positive things about it. I actually now feel that I'm ready to move on into my 40's because in all actuality my 30's had some major ups and downs. But, today I feel good about myself.... I'm working out......I've taken up the violin again and am not as bad as I thought I would be after 20 years.....I am going to do things that I want to do, things that will make me better and happier.

On a lighter note, I'm always told that I don't look my age, and that's a good thing. Also, I've heard many times that "40 is now the new 30!"

Here are some excerpts from this article I thought were quite interesting...

The Magic of turning 40!
Allie Ochs

....While some may dread crossing 40 threshold, others may greet the event with anticipation and excitement. Regardless of how you feel, you will probably do what everyone does at this juncture: take stock of your life. What have you done with your life? Are you the person you intended to be and are you living the life you want?

....While you cannot turn back time “turning 40” suggests something exciting! The simple phrase “turning” means you can turn into anything you want to be. You can turn to anything that you want to. It also means you can turn on your passion, turn on your greatness, turn the page, turn the corner and move on! You are halfway through life, but you still have the second half. No matter where you are in your life, there are no rules where you should be. It doesn't matter whether you are happily married, single or divorced 5 times. It doesn’t matter if you have too many children, enough or none. It doesn’t even matter if you are highly educated; college educated or barely finished high school. At 40, the doors are wide open and you can still do anything you want.

In biblical terms the numerical number 40 has significant meaning. Think of the 40 days and 40 nights of rain floods. It took the Israelites 40 years to find the Promised Land, and Jesus spent 40 days in the dessert before his crucifixion. Maybe it takes 40 years to grow into an awesome woman. You are about to enter the most amazing time in your life. The past 40 years were all about preparation. Now you are both credible and incredible. 40 is the pivotal power age and here is why:

·You can become a doctor or lawyer and still have time left to practice;
·You can fall in love like a teenager and still have the time to grow up;
·You can marry a younger man without first having a facelift;
·You can have your first wedding anniversary;
·You can have children and still have the time to raise them;
·You can shop at Victoria's Secret without looking silly;
·You can move to another country and still have the time to make it your home;
·You can take up a new sport without worrying about arthritis;
·You lived long enough to be sure about some things;
·You can say what you want and others will listen;
·You can still have fun without being medicated;
·You can do something that you have never done in your life.

Sounds pretty good to me!

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