forty

That "5-0" is lurking around the corner and taunting me, reminding me that my fun 40s are almost up. I'm a little anxious to find out if 50 really is the new 30.
With each new decade, we gain wisdom, power and a certain vulnerability, too. I wouldn't want 40 to feel like 30; I've lived through my 30s and come out stronger and smarter for it.
So maybe I am over the hill like those old decorations taunted my own father. But I can't wait to see what's on the hill behind this one. And the one after that. If the first forty is any indication, it promises to be quite the journey.
There is never enough time. Repeat that. Two seconds just went by you'll never see again.
Is 60 really the new 40? In many ways yes, but if given a choice, for me, I'm thinking of embracing the sixties with open arms and I'm excited to make it the best decade of my life.
The signs that you're undergoing a mid-life crisis are many. However, most share a common thread and can be classified into a few neat categories that basically all mean the same thing: 1) Oblivious, 2) Clueless, 3) Misplaced, 4) Misguided, and finally, 5) Out of touch.
Some people aren't too happy about it.
The past decade has been a time for personal reflection and growth. I've learned many important lessons and gained new insights, probably more so than in any other decade. I often find myself saying, "If only I knew then what I know now."
Seven days shy of this milestone, my heart still feels the same excitement for life and all its possibilities as it did at 14. And my mind is filled with the wisdom of 40 years of life lessons.
I'm going to let you in on a big secret: You are beautiful today. It's taken me 39.10 years to figure this out, but now that I have, I have to share. Here's how I figured it out.