I do not necessarily believe that the way you spend your birthday sets the tone for the rest of the year, but just in case it's true, I can't think of many better ways to have kicked off my official entree into my forties.
It was very very simple, and maybe simplicity is what I crave at this point in my life. Love from all my dearest ones near and far, a walk to work, a solid workday, a good hair cut, and dinner with my husband and son in a favorite spot. Then cake and flowers for me at home, bed for the boy, wine and DVR and book and phone calls and some chill time with Mike. Maybe there's more to life, but if this is actually it, I am more than good.
I've only been at it for a day, but so far 40 is cool. I've sort of been considering myself 40 for the last month or so anyway, so it doesn't feel like a drastic change and anyway it doesn't have to be, does it? If all goes well I'm going to begin yoga classes in a studio this week, something I've also been craving, and I think it fits with my overall drive to settle, to center, to take stock and enjoy what I have, but also look forward with interest and excitement, ready for the great unknown. Bad stuff will inevitably go down at some point, but I will deal with it as it comes. In other words, the same hopes I hold for every new year, now for a new decade, a new turn of demographic. A same old me.
(First post-thirties selfie!)
I am the eldest child of young parents, and I remember them both turning 40 with utter clarity. Their lives at that time were markedly different from mine at the moment (I can't even fathom having a child in college right now, Jebus), but even though I'm sure I thought they were old as all kids think their parents are old, I know now that they probably felt the same way I'm feeling. Like, THIS is 40? Where's my mid-life crisis? Who even cares? Knowing all I know about life, I'm thankful to be able to rack up another year, period.
Anyway, thank you for all your wishes, dude-guys. I'm feeling about as warm and wonderful as can be. Now time to crawl back out of my navel and into life.