Yes…I am turning 40 soon…as in…tomorrow! It is crazy to think that I will be 40 years old! I decided to share a few of my thoughts as I transition into this new era of my life!
- I am GRATEFUL to be alive and be turning 40. I can honestly say that I haven't gotten upset at any age I have turned so far. I am usually a pretty realistic person…I would rather be 40 then the alternative. 🙂
[tweetthis]Do not regret growing older. It's a privilege denied to many! #Turning40[/tweetthis]
- I do not feel 40 years old. I really still feel around 18 years old. I admit that I am much smarter now then I was at 18…but inside I still feel like a kid. I was actually telling my husband about this recently…we were at a company event. I am sitting there looking around the room at all of the wonderful adults…most of whom were older than us. I felt like a little kid in a room of grown ups. I asked him if he felt like that…he didn't (he is much more mature than me 🙂 ). I wondered aloud if I would still feel like that when I am 70 years old!!! I guess that would be a good question to ask the elderly…do they still feel 18 inside?
[tweetthis]I'm not 40, I'm 18 with 22 years experience! #Turning40 #GettingOld[/tweetthis]
- Do you ever look in the mirror and still see yourself like you were years ago? I definitely do….it is usually when I see pictures of myself that I am shocked to see how much I have changed in the past 20+ years! Maybe I should have been looking at pictures of myself more often….but I am usually behind the camera!
[tweetthis]Live your life and forget your age! #Turning40[/tweetthis]
- Although I still feel young inside…I can tell that I have had some big changes inside. I am much more sentimental now. I am thinking about mortality a lot more often now. I worry about my parents as they age…I want them to be alive as long as I am. I spend a lot of time trying to capture moments and record them so that my kids will have those memories later to look at.
[tweetthis]The fact that my parents are getting older and won't be around forever terrifies me! #Parents[/tweetthis]
- I do have some regrets. I don't sit around and dwell on these regrets, but am trying to use them to make better decisions in the present. One regret I have is not spending more time with my grandparents when they were alive. I took their presence in my life for granted and allowed a busy life to keep me from spending extra time with them. Now that they are gone I miss them terribly and some days I would give anything to sit down and listen to their Godly advice just one more time!
[tweetthis]Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important. [/tweetthis]
- I do have a worry as I am turning 40….being the “old” parent. My husband and I spaced our children out…a lot! We have four children ranging from 17 years old to 2 years old. I know that having kids at an older age is more the norm now…but I still worry that when our youngest graduates high school that all of her friends will think we are her grandparents! We joke around about it a lot. My husband and I laugh and say we will have canes and walkers at our 2 year old's high school graduation! 🙂 I guess that is motivation to stay active and to keep coloring my hair!!
[tweetthis]You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get OLD! #Turning40[/tweetthis]
That about sums up my final thoughts as I am turning 40! How have you handled aging? Is it something that you stressed about? Would love to hear from you!
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Julie Smith says
My friend and I have the same birthday. When we turned 40, her husband bought her a convertible. Mine took me to Ceasars in Windsor. I got hosed. But, Forty is Foxy!
Wow, sounds like a great celebration!!
Channing C says
Even though I’m still in my twenties, I feel like I’m definitely still a kid at heart. I don’t think we ever grow out of that. I have noticed that the older I get, the faster that time flies. I wish we could all just pick one age in our lives and just stop the clock there.
That would be nice to do wouldn’t it!!
Ellie Petrov says
Great piece! I will be turning 40 in the next few years and can relate to everything you have written! <3
I hit the Big 4-0 a year and a half ago and had many of the same thoughts and reflections. I can’t believe that I’m not 22 anymore but I have lost a lot of classmates in the past few years and you’re right, 40 is MUCH better than the alternative! Happy birthday 🙂
Regan, sorry to hear about the loss of classmates…seems to early for that to be happening. Thanks for the Birthday Greeting!
Hello, I’m JAMIE as well, I just turned 40 on the sixth of December, I cried most of the day I was devastated, I’ve always had this image of what a women in her forties is supposed to do, wear, and act and I’m telling you I’m not ready to be the image in my head, wearing floral print nightgowns to Walmart with curlers in my hair lol…. after reading what you wrote it put everything in perspective for me thank you so much I now don’t feel old, I’m happy that I’ve lived 40 healthy years, looking forward to what this year brings…again thank you for posting your thoughts on turning 40
You totally made my day!! First off…this isn’t a post that very many people have even read and I am touched you took the time to read it. I am so glad you are able to see a different side to being 40!! It is a blessing. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing your story. Keep in touch and Merry Christmas!!