If you ask any woman—who hasn't quite reached her 40's—what she thinks when she foresees life in her forties—it's a pretty safe bet she'll say something in regards to aging.
For some reason, women have this stereotypical mentality that getting older involves the passing of her 30's. And quite honestly, I was one of those women too.
Turning 30, for me, was a huge deal. I really struggled with the flip of that number. I guess in my mind, that was the end of my "so-called" fabulous 20's. Looking back, it was nothing more than a mental thing because soon thereafter, I was over it. And although I did cry that birthday—it was a good cry.
Ten years later, when 40 came around, surprisingly, I was ok with it. I really wasn't sure what to expect but it wasn't as bad as 30.
Growing older is inevitable. The best advice I can give other women who struggle turning 40 is—embrace it.
If you have grown kids, travel. Hang out with girlfriends. Take up a hobby you didn't expect. Lighten your hair. Paint your nails blue. Go the gym. Make new friends. Take a selfie. Do things that make you feel happy and young.
A few days ago, a friend of mine sent me an article in WOMEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE. Oddly enough, she's early-30's, what does she know about 40's, right?
Well, she knows a lot more than I thought!
The article, in a way, validated another big secret most women in their 40's already know—it's called sex. And without going into detail I'll let you read the wonderful truth yourself. >>> WOMEN'S HEALTH MAGAZINE
I don't know what life in my 50's will be like, I'm not there yet, but I can assure you, with everything I've learned from my past, my best days are right now.
And although I didn't know it then, in my 20's I was lost. During my 30's, I was finding my way out. Now in my 40's, I have arrived.
This is the age where I'm no longer uncertain of anything.
I know what I want and what I don't. Who I want to be and how I'm going to get it. I'm wiser and smarter and kinder and more patient. I have fully learned the value of appreciation, generosity and compassion. And I've finally found my voice—something I've always had, I just didn't know it.
Yes, my sweet 40's have arrived. And yet, somehow, I feel like I'm only beginning.