I see his point. It is “just” another year. But I’ve chosen to think of this as a celebration of four decades as well as the opportunity for new beginnings.
Turning forty is also a good excuse, I think, to stop and take an inventory of sorts. How often do we do that? Not very often in my case. With kids, work, a marriage and a home to manage, time for reflection drops fairly low on the to-do list.
In my 4o years, I’ve learned a few things:
- Listen to your passion. Now, follow it.
- Take leaps of faith.
- Laughter is the best medicine.
- Life-work balance is critical to my success.
And, as I head into a new decade, there are definitely things I want to learn, things I know I need more practice with, that I need to fully embrace:
- Stop trying so hard. (Thanks for the reminder, Sage Cohen!)
- Accept help, it’s a good thing.
- Be present.
I invite you to share your own thoughts about your years (however many that is!) on this Earth. What is something you’ve learned and what is something you have yet to fully embrace?