Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A Treatise On Turning 40

(The cake from my surprise party on Sunday.)

This is just to say I happily turned 40 today. I am bucking the trend to feel like somehow it's something to despair of. Not this girl! Here's the thing: I'm not going to complain that I get to be alive. I got to wake up this morning. So did you if you're reading this. Do you know how HUGE that is?

And I am not going to start allowing myself to feel bad about aging. I'm not wasting a single moment being manipulated into thinking there's something wrong with me because I don't look like I did when I was 20. Why should I? I don't think like I did when I was 20 either. (Thanks goodness!) It's called evolving as a human being and it's something we do on the outside too. It's what makes us interesting. It's what makes us uniquely beautiful.

As women, we spend our whole lives being told we're too something: too fat, too skinny, too dumb, too smart, too quiet, too loud, to pretty, too ugly, too tall, too short, too happy, too depressed, too lazy, too ambitious, too nice, too bitchy, and on and on, ad naseum.

In my 30's I figured out who I was. In my 40's, I will stop apologising for it.
 I'm owning it. I'm stepping fully into myself, confidant that I am enough.

So no old jokes for me, thanks. I'm 40 and I'll wear it proudly.


Amy Huff said...

Yay!!! I love your birthday attitude and you're awesome so I can't imagine any need to apologize for anything. Happy Birthday to your fabulous 40 self!

Deb said...

Good for you, my dear friend. It takes a REAL woman - a person who has come to love and accept herself, and be proud of what she has accomplished.
I meant to call you on your birthday, but a visit from my sweet Bo got in the way.
I haven't forgotten, you - I promise - sweet surprises are in store.

I love you, Tuna!

Rock on!

Deb L. said...

"In my 30's I figured out who I was. In my 40's, I will stop apologising for it." I so love this thought... happy, happy birthday. May the best in life be yet ahead! xo Deb

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

"In my 30's I figured out who I was. In my 40's, I will stop apologising for it." Can I tell you how much I LOVE this!?! Amen my friend...I'm adopting this saying, too...it's perfect!

Carol Browne said...

I would take 40 over Junior High ANY DAY. Oof. Those were the worst days. Being a grown up is much better. I don't care what anyone says. Hooray for us!

Did you pick out a camera yet? We must go out on a photowalk once you've made your selection!

greta ann said...

hi-five with the turning 40 attitude!!! blessed to be alive, indeed!
cake and xo